Lot 642: 1990 Mini-Cooper RSP Limited Edition Saloon
John Cooper had been selling his own modified Minis under the �Mini-Cooper� name from the mid-1980s, before Rover�s acquisition of the rights to the brand made it possible to officially re-launch the model. As a prelude to series production, which commenced in September 1990, Rover�s Special Products division built a limited run of cars in the summer of that year. More luxurious than the production version that followed, the �RSP� or �Limited Edition� Mini-Cooper was based on the Mini 30 and featured a striped bonnet, leather trim, red leather-bound steering wheel, wooden dashboard and tinted glass, and was powered the 1,275cc MG Metro engine. The Mini-Cooper�s revival after nearly 20 years out of production occasioned enormous interest and the Special Products-developed limited edition cars sold out immediately. Of the 1,650 RSP Mini-Coopers built, 600 were exported while the remaining 1,050 stayed in the UK. Today these RSP Limited Edition Mini-Coopers are among the most sought after of all Minis.
The lady vendor inherited this example from her late father-in-law, who had purchased it as a restored car, incorporating a new Heritage bodyshell, from MBM Bristol in 2004. Since acquisition this special little car it has been kept in a heated garage and used only for occasional outings on sunny days, hence its low recorded mileage. Finished in red and white with red interior, it is described as in excellent condition in every department and offered with current road fund licence, MoT to August 2008 and Swansea V5.
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Bonhams, Olympia, London,
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