Lot 697: 1992 Rover Mini Cabriolet
Coachwork by LAMM Autohaus
Independents had been producing them for a long time, but it was not until 1993, 34 years after production had commenced, that there was an official soft-top Mini - the Mini Cabriolet, its introduction following the favourable reception of a limited edition cabriolet made by German Rover dealer LAMM Autohaus, which had first introduced such a model in June 1991. LAMM chopped off the roof, replacing it with a folding fabric convertible hood that incorporated the plastic rear windows. Its bodyshell substantially strengthened to compensate for the resulting loss of rigidity, the LAMM Cabriolet featured Revolution alloy wheels and a colour-matched body kit consisting of dramatically extended wheelarches, front spoiler, side skirts and integral bumpers. It was offered in only one colour - pearlescent Cherry Red with maroon hood � while the luxurious interior used the limited-edition Mini Mayfair�s seats and trim, which were complemented by a wood-grain dashboard, Cooper-style leather-covered steering wheel and Clarion stereo system. Only 75 LAMM Cabriolets were made in 1991 and despite costing �12,250 the model sold out immediately. LAMM continued to offer its soft-top conversions in Germany after the arrival of the official Mini Cabriolet the following year.
A concours-winning car in 1999, this rare and highly desirable soft-top Mini has been in the current owner�s possession since 1993. Professionally stored, the car has seen only very limited use and is presented in immaculate condition in all respects. Finished in red with grey interior, it comes with current MoT certificate and Swansea V5 registration document. It is hoped that further information concerning the car�s history will be available by time of sale.
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Bonhams, Olympia, London,
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£8625|
|Registration number||J2 BOO|
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