Gateway Classic Cars of San Antonio/Austin is proud to present this
right-hand drive 1996 Rover Mini. Created in 1996 to celebrate the
35th anniversary of the Mini Cooper, a total of 1,701 examples of
the aptly named model were built, with each one having Almond Green
paintwork, a Diamond White roof, and a Porcelain Green interior
(though several red cars were also produced for the Japanese
market). Of that total, 1,200 cars were originally exported to
Japan, with this being one such example. This car moved back to the
homeland of the UK back in 2010 and then the US at the end of 2021.
This Mini has had a "retro" look applied to it, consisting of the
front grill, LED taillight conversion and rear boot lid from an
early MK-I Mini and conversion to original size 10" Minilite style
wheels with the wheel arches removed. Stopping power is provide by
7.5" Cooper-S front disc brakes and Minifin drums on the rear.
Peering under the bonnet, we see the single point fuel injected
1275cc engine with the factory 4-speed manual transmission. Now if
you thought from the photos that the exterior of the car looked
good, the interior is even better. It looks barely used, there is
no wear and tear on the switches, the steering wheel isn't fraying
or showing any signs of wear, the new elm wood dash is beautifully
finished and shines with its lacquered surface. Upholstery wise,
the seats are in near showroom condition with very little if any
wear, especially to the usual places like the back and seat base
bolsters. The rear bench is the same little to no wear at all.
Everything is in place and operation in the Mini and it's a real
testament to how well this example has been kept by its previous
owners. The white dials sitting behind a leather wrapped steering
wheel are a nice original addition and really pop from the walnut
dash readily giving the driver all the info they need like a 180kph
Nippon Seiki speedometer, 8K-rpm tachometer, fuel level and water
temperature. Presented in good condition throughout and benefitting
from a factory-fitted air-conditioning system, it will make a fine
companion for weekend jaunts, but would be equally enjoyable as a
diminutive daily driver.
1996 Rover Mini
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