1989 Mini 30, Present Owner 28 years For Sale
I have owned this car for 28 years being the second owner from new. It is completely original bodily and has never had any repairs as a result of being waxoyled regularly from purchase. There is no underseal applied, only clear waxoyl on top of the factory corrosion protection. Subframes, sills and floor pan are entirely original and without any of the corrosion you would expect to see on an unrestored 31 year old Mini. Early in my ownership despite its low mileage it started to use oil therefore I decided on a full engine rebuild in 1997. The block was rebored (still the original 998cc block) and rebuilt with new pistons. I replaced the head with a Cooper 12G295 and fitted a 266 camshaft along with duplex timing chain. Since the rebuild it has covered only around 5000 miles but has still had frequent oil changes despite its lack of use. Carburation is by a new pair of 1-1/2" SU's with a Superflow LCB manifold. A factory airbox was never available for the twin 1-1/2" setup therefore I modified a standard Cooper 1-1/4" box to fit giving a much quieter induction noise than the normal K&N filters used for this arrangement and also retaining the classic engine bay appearance associated with the twin SU setup. This year I have replaced the exhaust with a new Minispares RC40 system. The original transmission has been retained. Five years ago I replaced all four springs and knuckle joints due to the springs sagging with age. The interior is all original with the addition of a John Cooper walnut dash (fitted 25 years ago) with auxiliary gauges comprised of a capillary water temperature gauge, oil pressure gauge and fuel gauge. The radio is a Rover branded Blaupunkt as fitted to the later Mpi Coopers (I have the original Philips radio cassette unit). Tyres are 165/60 x 12 fitted to the original wheels. The whole upgrade was intended to be similar to the performance package being offered at the time as an upgrade by John Cooper before the mainstream Rover Cooper arrived. Current mileage is 50,500 miles however it has only covered around 5,000 miles in the past 23 years. Despite it's low use I have always maintained it on a regular basis and have just had it on the ramp for its annual check over (whilst also replacing the exhaust) and found no issues at all with brakes, steering or suspension. I will have it MOT'd if anyone is serious about purchasing the car. I'm happy to answer any queries regarding the history however as I am the only person who has worked on the car in the past 28 years there are no gaps in the history.
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