1998 Rover Mini Cooper 'Sports Pack' Saloon Registration no. R923 GEC Chassis no. SAXXNNAZEWD155461 Engine no. 12A2LK70364413
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 Rover's 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 30's 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, driver's 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 13"x6" 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. Equipped with the optional Sports Pack, this Mini Cooper had only one owner until 2010. We are advised that the bodywork was refurbished that same year (at 11,000 miles) and that the car is in generally good condition. A total of 12,900 miles is currently displayed on the odometer. Described by the vendor as one of the smoothest 'standard' Mini Coopers he has driven, 'R923 GEC' is offered with its original sales invoice, associated paperwork and Swansea V5; owner's handbook; service booklet; current road fund licence; MoT to April 2012 and Swansea V5C document.