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1990 Unregistered Mini Cooper RSP (Delivery Mileage)

Lot Number: 659

1990 Unregistered Mini Cooper RSP (Delivery Mileage)

Unrepeatable, 39 miles only on this unregistered 1990, as new, Rover Mini Cooper RSP.

  • Sold for: £31,500

LIVE AUCTION: This lot was auctioned on Sunday 1st August, 2021 at 2.00pm BST at The Wing, Silverstone Circuit, NN12 8TN

  • Body Colour

    BODY COLOUR
    Green

  • Drive

    DRIVE
    RHD

  • Registration Number

    REG NUMBER
    UNREGISTERED

  • Odometer Reading

    ODOMETER READING
    39 Miles

SUMMARY

Unrepeatable, 39 miles only on this unregistered 1990, as new, Rover Mini Cooper RSP.

DESCRIPTION

  • Of the 1,650 RSP Mini-Coopers built,1,050 stayed in the UK
  • This is car number 948 out of those 1,050. Un-registered
  • Finished in BR Green (RWV) with a White Roof (NMN)
  • 39.9 miles from new with four owners, the first until 2013
  • Kept in controlled storage all its life
  • Original tyres, original fluids, dealer wrap and factory Waxoyl
  • An exciting and, probably unrepeatable, opportunity to own an unregistered, 31 years old, showroom-fresh, limited edition Mini Cooper RSP.

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.

This is car number 948 out of those 1,050 and to date has covered 39 miles from new. It's one of the 200 or so that were finished in British Racing Green with a white roof and the interior is standard RSP with red carpets and red leather-bound steering wheel. A number of these special cars were purchased with investment in mind and, imagine that must have been the case with #948, as it was put into humidified storage from brand new with just delivery miles. We understand its first owner hailed from the Midlands and he kept the car until 2013 prior to two more short-term owners and subsequently becoming the property of our vendor in 2014.

Naturally, there is very little history with the Mini, apart from ownership details, as you might expect from a car that's never been anywhere, but that doesn't matter as it presents like a new car, which it, sort of, is. It's still protected by some of the wrap that would have been present when it left the dealership and there is evidence of the under body protective fluid used by the factory 31 years ago. It remains on its original tyres and still contains its original fluids, which would obviously have to be replaced if the RSP was to be enjoyed on the road. The odometer is just about to creep over from 39 to 40 miles although how much further it goes depends on its new owner. Number #948 is well-known in RSP circles and Roger Hunt from the RSP Register is knowledgeable and helpful.

An exciting and, probably unrepeatable, opportunity to own an unregistered, 31 years old, showroom-fresh, limited edition Mini Cooper RSP.

 

 

 

SPECIFICATION

Lot Number
659
Make
MINI
Model
COOPER RSP
Registration Number
UNREGISTERED
Chassis Number
SAXXNNAMBAD010948
Engine Number
100699
Transmission
Manual
Body Colour
Green

CONSIGNOR

Consignor

For further information regarding this lot please contact Gary.

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