Here is the ultimate low mileage used car a 25-year-old limited edition Mini that has not been registered since the day it rolled off the production line in Longbridge, Birmingham. There is some debate over whether this is actually a ‘used’ car, but anyway it is now up for sale. This car has been in storage since 1989 and has just 13 miles on its clock.
This Mini was one of a pair bought brand new by a Cheshire farmer as a present to give to his sons when they turned 21. However, the boys were too tall to fit into the cars when they came of age in 2009, so the Minis were sold to the British Mini Club instead. One was raffled off three years ago, but the other is to be offered for private sale for £19,000.
Launched to mark the Mini’s 30th birthday. Not only was this a pretty decent limited edition in terms of presentation and equipment, it also represented a watershed in modern Mini development, providing the basis for the imminent relaunch of the Mini Cooper.
Based on the Mayfair the effort put into the two pearlescent paint colours, red and black was the most immediately striking feature and given extra sheen by a coat of lacquer. The logo was actually more of a crest, with elements of the old Austin marque crossed with rampant British lions and the legend 1959-1989 running beneath it. A feature of the bonnet badge the crest was also applied to the rear side panels with twin coachlines leading from them. The door mirrors and wheelarches were colour matched, but the most welcome retro element was the increase in brightwork, as the grille, door handles and bumpers shone brightly again. Best of all the car sat on eight spoke Minilite-type alloys. As usual the interior had seat logos, but there was a real touch of luxury about the black leather seat bolster, red piping, red leather steering with a logo on the boss and red pile carpet. Not only that, there was a leather bound Mini book waiting for every buyer too.
Only Three Thousand Mini Thirtys were made, 2000 of these in Pearlescent Cherry Red, and 1000 in Rich Black.