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A fun, entertaining and well-loved classic Mini, from the last few months of original Mini production, in really super condition. 

 

At a glance:

- 2000 Mini Seven in original 'Solar Red' with stunning red & cream interior

- 'Seven' limited edition of the final year 'Classic' range.

- 1275cc MPi engine and four speed manual gearbox

- Massively fun to drive

- MOT until February 2021 with no advisories

- Factory standard, with no modifications

- One lady owner from new in 2000 to 2018

- Full Service History

- 90,270 miles

- Two keys and two immobiliser fobs, original book pack and receipts.

 

The Model:

The iconic and unique Mini was produced from 1959 until 2000. The original is still considered an icon of 1960s British popular culture. Its space-saving transverse engine front wheel drive layout - allowing 80 percent of the area of the car's floorpan to be used for passengers and luggage - influenced a generation of car makers. In 1999 the Mini was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century. This distinctive two-door car was designed for BMC by Sir Alec Issigonis and manufactured at the Longbridge and Cowley plants in England. On its introduction in August 1959 the Mini was marketed under the Austin and Morris names, as the Austin Seven and Morris Mini-Minor. The Austin Seven was renamed Austin Mini in January 1962 and Mini became a marque in its own right in 1969. In 1980 it once again became the Austin Mini and in 1988, just "Mini". In 1988 Austin Rover decided to keep the Mini in production for as long as it was viable to do so, eventually a staggering 5.3 million Minis were produced spanning the 41 years between 1959 and 2000. However, despite this massive production, there are a surprisingly limited number left on the road, and enthusiastic demand has seen prices of the better examples rise dramatically in recent years.

The Mark VII (from 1996) was the final version, twin point injection with front-mounted radiator. A full-width dashboard replaced the original shelf, with internal bonnet release, and introduction of airbag on driver's side. The basic Mini was the 1.3i, the other model in the range being the Mini Cooper. The end of production in October 2000 not only signalled the end of original Mini production after 41 years, but also brought about the demise of the 1275cc engine which had powered the Mini and numerous other BL/BMC/ARG cars for more than 35 years.

 

The specification:

The 'Seven' was the first of the final 'Classic' edition Minis, harking back to the original 1959 Austin Seven. With the launch of BMW's own 'new' MINI fast approaching, the decision was taken to launch the final run-out models as 'Classic' Minis, so that they couldn't be confused with the all-new successor. In most areas, this Classic model was much the same as the 1997 Mini 1.3i, the biggest changes appearing on the inside. The dashboard was body-coloured (as opposed to walnut in the '97 version), the seats were given a re-trim and the sound system was upgraded. The cabin also benefited from other minor 'retro' details, harking back to the original Austin Seven. The classic range launched in 2000 for the UK consisted of 3493 cars. Data from MG Rover confirms that only 374 of them were the Seven variant, of which the largest majority (226) were Solar Red. This model recreated the original feel of the Classic mini with a tartan red and cream cloth & leather trim, and traditional colours on the outside as well. The Seven was available in Old English White, Solar Red and Black colours, all with the same cloth & leather trim, but with a red and black steering wheel and body colour coded dashboard and door mirrors. The roof colour was the same as the rest of the car as standard. These cars came fitted as standard with 12" Pepperpot alloy wheels with 145/70 tyres. The cars were capable of 90 mph from the 63bhp 1275 multi-point Injection (MPi) A+ Series Engine, with a quoted 0-60 mph time of 12.2 seconds. Very few Minis are now in the same specification as when they left the factory, having often benefitted from the huge trend for readily available and sensibly priced upgrades. As a result, classic Minis in their original specification are becoming very sought after. These last models have fuel injection, use unleaded fuel, have disc brakes, SRS, factory fitted immobiliser, airbag, with all of the more modern design and technology in a vintage shell, and this makes the later model cars far more useable as a modern classic which can be enjoyed every day.

 

On the Road:

These classic Minis are like nothing else on the road. They have immense charm and character, and a fabulous 'go-kart' feel to their classic, minimal design, both inside and out. I really like the way this particular Mini drives. It has bags of power (for a Mini) and the later suspension setup is very smooth (for a Mini) and it's really good fun to drive. The Mini starts first turn of the key, the 1275cc MPi petrol engine offers a lively responsiveness. It surges eagerly under acceleration, starts, stops and does what it should. This particular Mini drives exceptionally well in comparison to earlier cars. The original specification Mini from the 1950s was 34bhp, whereas the later models saw reliability and performance improvements over the years to produce a standard 63bhp. That doesn't sound like a staggering amount, but when you combine it with the go kart handling and low weight, its an absolute blast. The 63bhp output is almost as much as the original 1963 1071 Cooper S - the rally champion and stuff of legend. This is possibly the most 'eager' classic Mini I have driven. The ride quality is far better in the later models, yet with an entertaining ride and an engaging driving experience without being reliant on modern tech such as power steering, electric windows, cruise control, heated seats or anything else to go wrong. Despite the basic quality of the design, these Minis are an absolute hoot to drive, and although the exterior appears very compact, the innovative designs means drivers of any size will fit. I'm 6'5" and fit comfortably with plenty of head room. It's not like a Jaguar or Mercedes-Benz for refinement, but every journey becomes an entertaining Mini adventure, and they are hugely popular due to their iconic charm.

 

Engine:

Austin's 4 cylinder inline petrol engine, the A series, is one of the most common in the world. Launched in 1951, production lasted until 2000 in the Mini. It used a cast-iron block and cylinder head, and a steel crankshaft with 3 main bearings. The camshaft ran in the cylinder block, driven by a single-row chain for most applications, and with tappets sliding in the block, accessible through pressed steel side covers for most applications, and with overhead valves operated through rockers. The cylinder head for the overhead-valve version of the A-series engine was designed by Harry Weslake – a cylinder head specialist famed for his involvement in SS (Jaguar) engines and several F1-title winning engines. 

British Leyland decided to update the A-series design in the 1970s, at a cost of £30 million. The result was the 'A-Plus' Series of engines. Available in 998cc and 1275cc, the A-Plus had stronger engine blocks and cranks, lighter pistons and improved piston rings, Spring loaded tensioner units for the timing chain and other detail changes to increase the service interval of the engine. More modern SU carburettors and revised manifold designs allowed improvements in power without any decrease in torque or fuel economy. Many of the improvements learnt from the Cooper-tuned units were also incorporated, with A-Plus engines having a generally higher standard of metallurgy on all units, where previously only the highest-tuned engines were upgraded in this way. This made the A-Plus engines generally longer-lived than the standard A series as found in previous versions. This car features the last of the line 1275 MPi version - a special "twin-port injection" version of the 1,275 cc engine developed by Rover engineer, Mike Theaker. It was the last A-series variant, produced from 1997–2000 offering 63 hp (47 kW) at 5500 rpm and 70 lb⋅ft (95 N⋅m) at 3000 rpm

 

Service History:

The car comes with full service history, and will have a 12,000 mile service prior to sale, so it will be ready to enjoy immediately.

Services documented in the service booklets and accompanying paperwork were carried out at the following mileage intervals:

1060, 6111, 12177, 21670, 33072, 39026, 45057, 49577, 54354, 59617, 63661, 69502, 72868, 77238, 81709, 85794, and a service will be carried out now.

Plus there are receipts for new head gasket, water pump and heater matrix, shock absorbers, rear wheel cylinders, battery, starter motor, clutch master cylinder, etc. so it is evident that this car has had a huge amount of servicing and maintenance over the years.

 

MOT:

Sold with MOT until February 2021. No advisories, and importantly zero advisories for any underbody corrosion.

 

Mileage:

This car's odometer is showing 90,2709 miles back up by service and MOT history.

 

Condition:

As you can probably see from the pictures, this Mini is very handsome, and is rare in unmodified specification. It's in very good mechanical and structural condition, but not in concours condition, as you would expect at this price point, and comes with a little 'patina' as all classic cars tend to do - but it is very respectable nonetheless. If it were in perfect condition, looking at what else is available in the current market, it could be worth in the region of £7,000 to £9,000. The reason for the attractive lower price as there are a few very minor traces of corrosion just starting to appear on the upper bodywork which are very common to classic Minis, and is relatively easy to address. As you can see from the pictures, it's very presentable, but upon very close inspection you will find there is room for improvement in the future - as is always the case with classic Minis. The sills have been replaced in the past, so that's one big job out of the way. This Mini is priced sensibly to sell swiftly and to leave the next owner an opportunity to either enjoy it as it is, or invest in further improvements, but allowing enough headroom for significant value to be added. I could get the minimal areas of paintwork spruced up myself, but it would take time and investment, and I'd have to sell it at a higher price which would take longer, so I'll leave that decision to the next owner. If I were buying it to use myself, I would enjoy it as it is for this summer, and then improve it over the winter as a simple project. It's well sorted mechanically and appears structurally to be in good condition with an excellent interior, so all of the basic infrastructure is very good indeed. It’s always difficult to express in words the condition of any classic Mini, and most people have differing opinions about condition, so the best way to get a true impression will be to view this lovely car in person. I’m confident that anybody with realistic expectations will be delighted to own and enjoy this wonderfully iconic classic car.

 

Conclusion:
A really lovely Mini, great fun to drive, with more horsepower than many early examples, a long MOT (with no advisories) and ready and waiting to go for Mini adventures! 

One of the main reasons for my fondness for this particular car (having driven a number of classic Minis) is that the original unmodified factory produced models tend to feel better put together than previously restored or modified examples, which can sometimes feel a bit like a kit car. No extra wiring, no add-on extras, no mismatched parts - this is the proper car, in the same specification it left the factory - so everything works as intended, and everything is well bolted together. Over the years many enthusiasts have improved on the original Mini's specification, and Mini followed suit with various advancements over the years - but having a car which is modernised by the manufacturer during the production run, rather than modified retrospectively, really does make a difference. If you are familiar with classic Minis, you'll understand what I mean. This Mini drives far better than any other Mini I have driven from previous eras.These classic Minis seem to be increasingly popular and prices are rising as a result, which means they could be a wise investment. As with all classic Minis, this is a hugely entertaining classic, capable of achieving in excess of 100 smiles per hour!

MANUAL - 2000 - 1.3I MPI - 90,270 MILES - SOLD

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