1996 Rover Mini Cabriolet usine No reserve For Sale by Auction
For sale in our forthcoming auction in Paris, on 17 June 2019:
Italian title / Supplied with certificate of conformity
- Very rare works convertible
- Less than 15,000km from new
- Exceptionally well-preserved condition
- No reserve
In 1994, after Rover had been bought by BMW, it was decided to build a small run of Mini convertibles at the factory in order to rejuvenate the brand. Equipped with a 1275cc four-cylinder engine producing 63bhp, they could be recognised by their wraparound bumpers and lower body mouldings. Only 1081 cars were built by Rover.
The model on offer is an authentic Mini works cabriolet, purchased new from the Sorbello Auto Srl dealership at Giarre in Sicily, and registered on the Italian island in October 1996. Its first owner, Domenica Crisafulli, who lived in the village of Casalvecchio, next to Savoca, where the famous trilogy The Godfather was filmed, treasured the car for more than 20 years. When he bought it in December 2017, its current owner had a general mechanical service carried out. Today, this delightful little convertible has covered less than 15,000km), or, to be precise, 14,663km on the day we photographed it. Its bodywork, finished in 'British Racing Green 2' with gold pinstripes, is in excellent order. The elegant interior has also been superbly preserved, in particular the grey cloth upholstery and the hood fabric, which is also grey. In splendid original condition, complete with its radio and anti-theft device, this Mini also comes with all its manuals and booklets, including the service booklet and bills, the original purchase invoice and both sets of keys. This cabriolet is a rarity with so low a mileage and such a fine history. Modern but charmingly retro in appearance, this works Mini cabriolet will delight its passengers as they drive through town or beside the sea.
Auction estimate: €22 000 / 32 000 no reserve
To see all the pictures available: https://www.artcurial.com/fr/vente-3946-automobiles-en-scene
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