Evaluation: From The Cayman Island Motor Museum Collection. Represented with just 6 miles and with one owner, and as one of just 110 Cooper Sport 500s in these colors. A seemingly faultless car showing just one tiny repair to a wheel edge scuff. It looks and smells like a new old Mini.
Bottom Line: This car is from the last year of the classic Mini, and the Cooper Sport 500 was a UK-market special edition with silver roof and stripes, driving lights, black and silver leather, alloy instead of plastic interior fittings, and a plaque inside the glove box. This was an opportunity to buy one of the last ever “real” Minis, in a rare spec and with only delivery miles on the odometer. Those seem like ingredients for exuberant bidding, but even though £31,050 is a lot of money for 62 horsepower, nobody at London got carried away and this is a fair number for a very fun car.