Value My Clas­sic

WHO Martin Robins WHAT 2000 Rover Mini Cooper 1.3 MPi Sports Pack MILES 54,000 PROVE­NANCE Re­stored four years ago MODS In­te­rior up­grade HOW MANY LEFT Un­known

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD IT?

I found my fi­nal-year W-reg Mini Cooper in an on­line ad­ver­tise­ment al­most five years ago, back in Au­gust 2012. It was a private sale and I man­aged to get it for £4000. It had rel­a­tively low mileage and I par­tic­u­larly liked how orig­i­nal it was, right down to the floor mats and two sets of keys. How­ever, as has al­ways been the case with Minis, it turned out that it wasn’t quite as sound as it looked. So the fol­low­ing year, be­tween May and Au­gust 2013, I had it re­stored us­ing Her­itage pan­els. We re­placed the sills, floor­pan, both front wings and A-pan­els, the scut­tle, bootlid, rear arches and rear valance. After that it was given a re­spray in the orig­i­nal Bri­tish Rac­ing Green. I’d love to know what it’s worth now.

HOW MUCH HIS­TORY?

The ma­jor­ity of the car’s his­tory is there – all the ser­vices it has had, past MoTs, road tax his­tory and bills for most of parts bought for it since 2000. All that pa­per­work con­firms the car’s mileage at the in­di­cated 54,000.

WHAT’S LEFT TO DO ON IT?

Hope­fully noth­ing for a while, apart from get­ting it MoT’d and ser­viced ev­ery year. The Cooper is garaged and now only goes out in good weather.

HAS IT BEEN MOD­I­FIED?

As part of the restora­tion I added an orig­i­nal-spec black leather in­te­rior with em­bossed Mini Cooper lo­gos and wood door cap­pings and gear knob.

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