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1990 Austin Mini Racing Flame - Classic Rover Mini Morris Cooper SOLD

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  • £4,250 As stated
  • 1990
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Sold by RMC Classics
Price £4,250 As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Mini
Model Cooper
  Racing Flame Checkmate
Year 1990
Mileage 75,000 miles
Country UK
Region Lancashire
Telephone 07746 715437
Status Trade
Date 01-Jul-2020
Ref C1240970
***Sale Agreed***

Many more pictures available to view via my website.

This cracking little Mini Racing Flame Checkmate is in great order and is ready for regular use. These cars are great starter-classics and offer cheap and cheerful motoring. Parts availability is excellent and they’re very simple little cars.
This ‘Racing Flame’ (limited edition of 1000) has had a great deal of work carried out during its life, and was restored by a local garage a couple of years ago.

The car has an MOT until 24th October 2020 and I can’t see it needing anything drastic to pass the next one. Both MOTs since the car was rebuilt were advisory-free.

At the time of the restoration, the car benefitted from quite a bit of work, including a full respray, various panelwork, new rear subframe, new exhaust, new seat covers and carpets, re-powdercoated wheels and new tyres – the list goes on and on.

Bodily, the car is very clean indeed. All the seams, door bottoms etc are very solid and all the panel gaps are great. There are a few areas of VERY minor bubbling but I’m very fussy. The car won’t deteriorate in a hurry like a lot of rushed restorations – it has been professionally painted. As you can see, all of the important places on the body are in fine fettle (under the headlights, scuttle panel, wing seams etc etc). Again, it’s a few years since it was painted, so it shows that it wasn’t just a cheap and nasty job. If you’re not a fan of the Union Jack – that can be removed easily as the vinyl decals have not been lacquered over. Personally, I think it looks great!

This age of Mini is a nice car for regular use, and they’re great fun to drive! The car’s peppy 998cc engine fires up healthily, and runs very well indeed, does not overheat and pulls nicely. The brakes and suspension are also in great order and the car rides very well indeed with no nasty clunks or rattles – again, very unusual for one of these! The gearbox is nice and smooth with no worn synchromesh, another common issue with many Minis. The speedometer is showing 74,000 miles.

The subframes both appear to be in good order – in fact, the rear one was replaced as part of the restoration. Floors, heelboard boot floor etc all appear nice and solid. Any structural issues would have been highlighted at the MOT and it all appears to be sound – feel free to come and have a prod and poke!

The interior is lovely, having had new carpets, seat covers, door cards, headlining etc, all of which is in very good order.
Sadly there’s not much paperwork with the car aside from the current V5 document, the past few MOTs and a few other bits and bobs – but looking at the car, you can see exactly what work has been carried out.

All in all, this is a really clean and tidy little car, and is priced very reasonably for a quick sale. Don’t expect the same levels or refinement and reliability as a brand new Honda, but it’s nice to see one of these that hasn’t been ‘tarted up’ or messed around with like so many have. No, it’s not a concourse show car but it’s a nice, usable, presentable car that will provide much enjoyment!

***Viewing information in the current climate – The car can be viewed at my workshop, observing social distancing rules and guidelines. The car will be carefully cleaned before and after each viewing. If the weather is dry, the car can be moved outside to allow for an open-air viewing.***

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