Having devised the iconic original back in the early 1960s, John Cooper sold his own modified Minis under the Mini Cooper name from the mid-1980s, before Rovers acquisition of the rights to the name made it possible to officially re-launch the model in September 1990. The new Mini Cooper was based on the Mini 30, the most luxuriously equipped Limited Edition Mini to date, but fitted with the 1,275cc engine rather than the 30s 998cc unit. What would turn out to be the final Mini version - the Mark 7 - arrived in 1996. Changes included twin-point fuel injection, higher final drive gearing, drivers airbag, side impact beams, additional sound insulation, improved front seats, front-mounted radiator and a Sports Pack option. Part of a factory initiative intended to encourage customers to personalise their Minis, the Sports Pack comprised 13x6 Minilite-style alloy wheels, extended wheelarches, Koni dampers, four auxiliary front lights, large-bore exhaust tailpipe and extra instruments. Among the numerous other options was a wood embellished interior and John Cooper black leather seats, both of which are fitted to this particular car together with an electric sunroof. Dating from the penultimate year of the Minis production in its original form, this Sports Pack-equipped Mini Cooper had covered a mere 16,500 miles from new in the hands of its original owner when it was purchased for the current (lady) vendor at Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale in 2008 (Lot 582). Since acquisition, a mere 650 miles have been added to the total, which currently stands at 17,150. The car is finished in Morello Purple with contrasting white roof, a special factory livery available for the 1999 model year only, and is presented in generally good condition. Offered with MoT to May 2010 and Swansea V5 registration document, this low mileage Mini Cooper represents an opportunity to acquire a last-of-the-line example of one of the worlds greatest cars, which can only become increasingly collectible.