2001 Rover Mini

Cooper Sport 500
RM Sotheby's London 2021
Saturday, 6 November
£31,050 ($41,890)
Sale Price
£30,000 - £40,000
Est. Range
No
Reserve
6 November 2021
Sold Date
108
Lot Number
#2
Original
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. SAXXNPAZE1D188264. Solar Red with Platinum Silver roof and Cooper stripes over black and silver leather. RHD. 1198/62hp, 4-speed, alloy wheels, driving lights, drilled window winders and accelerator pedal, airbags, Mini-branded digital radio cassette player, parcel shelf speakers.

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.

by Andrew Newton
21 November 2021
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