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1990 Rover Mini Checkmate

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£6,785

  • Mileage~23,726
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine1.0-litre
  • LocationWalsall

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1990 Rover Mini Checkmate

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Introduction

Glynn
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Of course the Mini needs no introduction - so getting straight to the point, here we have a Checkmate model that offered some key enhancements to this icon - no surprise they sold out immediately at launch.

The Mini Checkmate was a 1990 special edition of just 2,500 cars offering some very desirable extras and enhancements. These include Minilite wheels, white roof, three clock dash and sports upholstery. Only four colours were available with black being the rarest today.

Back in 1990 the Checkmate sold out immediately, prompting Rover to go on to relaunch the Cooper. Today, it is believed that only around 180 Checkmates remain and this example, having undergone a full restoration, must surely be one of the very best.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Glynn after meeting Allan the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

My father bought this car when he was 77 years old and I then inherited from him when he passed away aged 96 - this car has played a significant part in our family history.

Allan became the legal owner of this Checkmate in 2013 after the sad passing of his father. At that point he became the fifth owner and the car had done just under 23,000 miles. Allan was determined to bring the Mini back to its original condition and so engaged Mini specialists Blakehill Body Centre in Swindon to undertake a full restoration.

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Exterior

The combination of rare black paintwork and signature white roof over silver Minilites creates a real classic Mini feel.

Wheels and Tyres

The 12 inch Minilites would look ridiculously small on any other car but were literally made to measure for the diminutive Mini. The wheels are in good condition but not without some slight kerb rash in places on close inspection - a super easy and inexpensive improvement.

The 145/70 Eco Vision tyres give the car the period correct stance with the deep side wall. The tyres all appear in nearly new condition with the car only having covered hundreds of miles since restoration.

Bodywork

As you will see from the invoice bundle and the restoration photographs, this Mini Checkmate has benefited from a full body restoration in 2015 and since then it has done only a few hundred miles. The bodywork condition is commensurate with its recent history.

We think it's worth giving a big shout out to Blakehill Body Centre in Swindon that completed all the work back in 2015. Looking at the car today, six years on, it looks just as good. All the usual hot spot areas like around the headlights and skuttle joins look just great. It's clear to see the restorers did a really good job, including the paint work too. Please take a look at the Paperwork section to see pictures of the car before and during the restoration.

We have taken hi-resolution images and videos of the car for you to assess the bodywork condition for yourselves.

Paint

As you would expect, given this car’s many thousand-pound restoration history, the black body and white roof paint presents very well. The colour looks even across the car with a deep shine - also, the reflections are really good too, a finish you'd expect on a more expensive car.

However, please take time to review all the images and videos showing the paint from different angles and reflections, to assess the condition for yourselves.

Glass and Trim

The glass appears to be in excellent unchipped condition. No areas of distortion or discolouration were noted.

Interior

The Checkmate features a more sophisticated three clock instrument binnacle giving a more sporty feel compared to its forebears.

Seats and Carpets

Another feature of the Checkmate package is sports orientated fabric upholstery which appears unripped and in good general condition.

Carpets appear unworn if a little flat in colour and could possibly benefit from re-dying or a deep clean.

Dashboard

The addition of a tachometer and the relocation of the instrument binnacle to behind the steering wheel gives the Checkmate a sporty appeal and a more ergonomic feel. All gauges appeared to work as expected during our on the road session.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel is sports orientated too in the Checkmate. Both wheel and gearstick present well and appear to be in good condition.

Mechanics

The diminutive 998cc inline four punches well above its weight in the featherlight Mini - this little power-plant is at the heart of the joie-de-vie exuded by the classic Mini.

Engine and Gearbox

During our brief trip in the car all mechanical systems worked as expected and belied the age of the car. Given the extremely low mileage the car has covered and the depth of the restoration, it is really no surprise that the car drives so well.

The four speed gearbox is a slick and pleasingly mechanical affair and all gears seemed to engage smoothly and decisively.

Suspension and Brakes

The brakes and innovative hydro-elastic suspension of the car appear to combine effortlessly to create a sporty yet compliant ride.

The Drive

Aside from the ground-breaking packaging afforded by the transverse engine layout, it was the perky nature of the Mini’s drive that really set it apart from its contemporaries.

Given the background of this car it provides as near a “factory-fresh” Mini driving experience as you are likely to find.

Please watch the 'On the Road' video to see the car start and a brief run around the local area.

Electrics and Other

All electrics appeared to be working as expected and Allan attests to their efficiency and reliability.

History and Paperwork

There is a great level of paperwork to accompany this Mini as well as a host of photographs documenting the restoration process.

We have also included the 'before' restoration photos in the Paperwork gallery - it's great to see these so you can see the work that has been done during the restoration.

The car has a current MOT that expires in April next year - there were no advisories when tested.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
03.04.21 MOT 23,664
21.09.19 MOT 23,580
25.08.18 MOT 23,483
03.09.17 MOT 23,416
22.08.16 MOT 23,236
28.05.15 MOT 22,938
Key Details
  • ModelMini Checkmate
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date01.08.90
  • CC998cc
  • Mileage~23,726
  • ColourBlack / White
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Interior TrimFabric / Vinyl
  • Chassis #SAXXL2S1020460360
  • Engine #99HF16101481
  • RestoredYes
  • Engine RebuildNo
  • MOTYes - Exp 02.04.2022
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers5
  • Tyre TreadExcellent
  • Tyre BrandEco Vision
  • Tyre Age2015
  • Brake LifeGood
  • BrakesGood
  • LHD or RHDRHD
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned8 years
  • Key FeatureRestored & Lovely







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£6,401 bid by brynbad 10.11.2021 @ 19:01:20
£5,977 bid by Daners84 10.11.2021 @ 18:53:06
£5,776 bid by brynbad 10.11.2021 @ 18:05:37
£5,555 bid by Daners84 10.11.2021 @ 17:55:02
£5,351 bid by asimm 10.11.2021 @ 17:53:04
amj
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amj

Hi
I assume the mileage has been around the clock? I couldn’t see any paperwork showing mileage earlier than 2015.
Thanks Andy

amj
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amj

Hi
I assume the mileage has been around the clock – 123000? I couldnt see any paperwork showing mileage earlier than 2015.
Thanks Andy

amj
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amj

Hi
I assume the mileage has been around the clock – 123k? I couldnt see any paperwork showing mileage earlier than 2015.
Thanks Andy

£5,150 bid by Daners84 10.11.2021 @ 08:53:12
£4,750 bid by jackdb1996 05.11.2021 @ 20:19:17
£4,500 bid by TCrecovery 05.11.2021 @ 14:49:12
£4,250 bid by bryn 05.11.2021 @ 13:10:35
Mark Brookes
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Mark Brookes

Hello Allan, my name is Mark and I live in Manchester. I have been actively searching for my first Classic mini for sometime now, but to no avail. I have just seen your classic and really interested in purchasing. Do I have to go through the auction or can I go through yourself.

Kind regards

Kulraj Salh
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Hi Mark, the car is live on auction as you can clearly see. All bids placed online are final and binding. We may well delete this comment/question as it’s a bit obvious and not adding any value to the auction process. Best, Kulraj – Trade Classics

£4,000 bid by TCrecovery 04.11.2021 @ 18:05:38
£3,000 bid by asimm 04.11.2021 @ 08:57:17
£2,201 bid by Scania1 04.11.2021 @ 07:39:42
£2,000 bid by asimm 03.11.2021 @ 18:23:35
Allan
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Allan

Hi mark,
Thanks for your interest, through auction site at this stage.

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