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1998 Rover Mini Cooper

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  • Mileage~27,100
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine1.3L
  • LocationGrantham


1998 Rover Mini Cooper

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Isaac Wass
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One of the later models of a timeless compact classic - one of the most instantly recognisable cars of its time.

The car that was built for the people, a car that is extremely versatile and practical for day-to-day motoring while being able to deliver in racing with its go-cart-like handling. From launch, the Mini was a huge success, selling 5.4 million vehicles over the 41 years of production, and it still remains the best-selling British car of all time. This example was produced in 1998, the final version of the car with twin-point injection with a front-mounted radiator. A full-width dashboard replaced the original shelf, and an internal bonnet release was added as well as an airbag.

This example has just one registered keeper, the original owner who has had it since new. It's covered what can be considered low miles for a Mini Cooper, just ~27,100. Given this mileage, it has a quite outstanding 20 service stamps, near perfect annual maintenance for a car like this. It's clearly a car that has been well cared for over time, and presents as such in the classic and popular Mini colour.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Isaac after meeting David the seller, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

I'm a big Mini enthusiast, always on the search for rare, collectible, or good condition models to bring to market.

David is a trade seller, and a connoisseur when it comes to all things Mini, having owned quite a few over his time. This particular car has come from ~24 years ownership with the sole previous owner and he says it's definitely one of the best Mini's he's seen in some time.

The car has a well documented history showing regular servicing and the car has accrued little more than ~27,100 miles on the clock over the last 24 years. David will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the car in the comments below.

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An unmissable silhouette, this iconic Mini Cooper with green paintwork and Minilite wheels has bags of originality.

Wheels and Tyres

The Mini Cooper was equipped with Minilite wheels from factory, featuring Mini Cooper center caps. The wheels on this example look to be in good condition, just showing signs of use, a good detail would bring them up to a great standard.

The wheels are wrapped in Nankang tyres which appear a little dated but with a good amount of tread and no obvious degradation of the sidewalls. View the gallery to see the detail.


The bodywork of this Mini looks in very good condition, with all the panel gaps around the car looking to align well. David mentions that the panels are all said to be original and there were no welding repairs.

You'll notice from the photo gallery a minor dent on the boot to the left of the number plate. Noted on the most recent MOT is some light corrosion to the subframe, we have tried to picture this in our mechanical gallery images. However overall the bodywork is not in bad condition and could do with just one or two small areas of attention.

We've highlighted in more detail our observations through our high resolution images and videos, so please take time to look through all the media files for a detailed view at what’s on offer, and for you to assess the condition of the car for yourselves.


Finished in the popular "British Racing Green" colour, David tells us this is the original colour. During our visit we noted that there has been paintwork carried out to the front A panels and rear quarters, however this does appear to have been carried out to a good standard as the colour match looks good and the texture match is also in good order with the original paintwork.

There is a small bit of corrosion starting to peek through just under the drivers front headlight, presumably form a nasty stone chip in the past. However this could be easily remedied with a light rub down and some touch up paint.

Again, we have taken high resolution images and videos of the car for you to assess the condition of the bodywork for yourselves. The images are taken from a few different angles to show off the car as you would see it if you were standing there for yourselves. So please take the time to fully assess these high resolution images and videos of the car, for you to make up your own minds about the condition of the paint.

Glass and Trim

The glass on this example looks great, we didn't notice any chips, cracks, or scratches during our visit. The surrounding seals look good too and in line with the rest of the condition of the car.

The chrome bumpers, grille, door, boot handles, and window surrounds all look in good condition too with no major pitting.


A part leather trimmed interior and a highly original cabin featuring burl wood dashboard and Mini Cooper two tone leather steering wheel.

Seats and Carpets

The Mini's cabin features cream fabric and black leather seats throughout, which have really stood the test of time and present very well in line with the age and mileage of the car.

A similar story is told with the headlining, door cards and carpets, reflecting the cars low mileage over the past 24 years, this can be seen in more detail in our interior gallery.


A beautiful burl wood dashboard featuring analogue clock, original Mini stereo with tape deck, and center mounted heater controls below. David reports all the dials, gauges, and buttons are fully working to the best of his knowledge.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

Fitted with the original Mini Cooper steering wheel in two tone black/cream leather matching the rest of the interior.

Both the gear stick and steering wheel look to be in good condition and show little more than an age appropriate patina.


A punchy 1,275cc 4-cylinder engine keeps up remarkably well with modern traffic, making the classic Mini feel like a go-kart for the road!

Engine and Gearbox

Fitted with Mini's revised 1,275cc inline-four engine, a very reliable and practical choice that packs ~62BHP which works well when paired to the small nature of this car.

We captured a cold start video, showing the Mini starting from cold as well as our "On The Road" video showing the Mini out and about on the local roads. This is a car that has seen regular maintenance as documented in the "History" gallery, and so presented no issue on our visit.

Suspension and Brakes

David reports this Mini has always been mechanically looked after, which is evident from the extensive service history from the one and only owner. David also mentions the brakes and suspension provide an enjoyable journey with the kind of stopping power you'd expect from a classic Mini.

The Drive

With a wheel on each corner, a punchy four cylinder engine, and a stiff responsive chassis, the classic Mini is a real hoot to drive but is also practical enough for town driving and capable of keeping up with modern traffic.

Electrics and Other

During our time with the car we checked to make sure all lights and electrical systems work to which we found no obvious faults and David reports that to his knowledge all of the electrics are functional and operational, in line with the rest of the condition of the car.

History and Paperwork

A very well maintained Rover Mini Cooper, coming to market with one owner since new, low mileage with condition to match, what's not to like!

A very lovely Mini Cooper coming to auction with mileage of ~27,100 and just one registered keeper since new. This Mini really has been taken care of mechanically since it's been on the road, take a look below to see all the previous services carried out. A fresh MOT has been actioned recently, with the only advisories being corrosion present on brake pipes, and slight corrosion to subframe - fairly nominal problems for a car of this age and easily rectified.

David will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the car in the comments below.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and 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. This is an auction on behalf of a trade seller and normal auction rules apply, i.e. there is no warranty, no return policy and bids are binding with more info in our terms and conditions.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
18.12.1998 Service 366
03.09.1999 Service 1,708
20.09.2000 Service 3,938
31.07.2001 Service 5,266
16.07.2002 Service 6,653
15.07.2003 Service 8,448
21.07.2004 Service 10,197
21.07.2005 Service 11,878
11.07.2006 Service 13,098
12.07.2007 Service 14,255
16.07.2008 Service 15,576
15.07.2009 Service 16,800
09.07.2013 Service 20,517
15.07.2014 Service 21,640
14.07.2015 Service 22,794
06.07.2016 Service 23,802
04.07.2017 Service 24,523
09.07.2018 Service 25,340
09.07.2019 Service 26,152
13.07.2020 Service 26,910
Key Details
  • ModelMini Cooper
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date17.09.1998
  • CC1,275
  • Mileage~27,100
  • HistoryVery Good
  • ColourGreen
  • Interior ColourBlack/Cream
  • Interior TrimLeather/Fabric
  • Chassis #SAXXNNAZEWD159839
  • Engine #12A2LK70368685
  • Last Service13.07.2020
  • RestoredNo
  • Engine RebuildNo
  • MOTYes Exp. 31.07.2023
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers0 - 1 owner from new
  • Tyre TreadGood
  • Tyre BrandNankang
  • # of Keys2
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypeTrade
  • Owned~24 Years
  • Key FeatureLow mileage, 1 owner car
  • Auction ID1019

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1 year ago

Enjoy the car. Really upset I didn’t win the bid.

1 year ago

If I am winner I sort something. Also will need it delivered which I see the website does

1 year ago

Prefect. Also I need to pay the whole balance with my credit card to the company. Hope we can sort that

1 year ago

How long the mot on it


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Easton, Grantham

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