it’s a low-mileage Mini face-off!
Two auction houses, two barely used Cooper rarities, and both have similar pre-sale estimates
1990 Rover Mini Cooper RSP
Mileage: 293 auction house: H&H (www.handh.co.uk) sale: Donington park, 16 November estimate: £17,500-£22,500 story: This RSp is one of 1650 made, and one of 1050 that stayed in the UK. It’s being entered by a private collector, with the current owner buying it because of its ‘timewarp’ condition. It was purchased new in 1990 and has since had two registered keepers. condition: It’s been dry stored for the last two years by two separate owners, so it should be in tip top condition – especially considering the current vendor is a collector. It’s supplied with original bill of sale, book pack, and paperwork, too. what the auction house says: ‘We have had enquiries about the Mini Cooper because of its mileage and the fact that it’s had only two owners. It is a Rover Special product (RSp) which got the Cooper name back on the Mini. So yes, it’s a good investment,’ – H&H’s head of sales, Damian Jones.
2000 Rover Mini Cooper Sport 500
Mileage: 439 auction house: Historics (www.historics. co.uk) sale: Brooklands, 26 November
estimate: £17,000-£20,000 story: This limited-run Cooper Sport 500 was bought as an investment for the owner’s grandson. Unfortunately, the owner died in 2013 and the Mini was entrusted to his daughter for safekeeping until the grandson was ready to drive. The grandson turned out to be too tall to fit behind the wheel, so it’s for sale. condition: It will have a new MoT at the sale. It comes with its certificate of authenticity, authenticity plaque, and the gift pack, still in its original packaging. what the auction house says: ‘What a fantastic opportunity to acquire surely the finest example from the final production run of this true motoring icon. It’s been driven on average less than 30 miles a year since new. The community was buzzing as soon as we announced it was coming to sale,’ – Historics’ auction negotiator, John Williams.