1993 Rover Mini Rio - 1275cc, Caribbean Blue, 51k SOLD
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This cracking little 1275cc Mini Rio is in great order and is ready for everyday use. It’s had a great deal of work carried out during its life and has been used regularly over recent years.
It’s covered just 51,000 miles from new, and the previous owner had owned for 4 years. In that time, it was used as a second car and covered around 9000 miles (all within 10 miles of home!). In that time, the car benefitted from quite a bit of work, including a full respray in its original Caribbean Blue (unique to the Rio), some new panelwork (wings, sills, etc etc), new rear subframe, rear brake pipes and cylinders, new CV joints, stainless steel exhaust, recovered seats and much, much more.
Bodily, the car is in clean order. 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 which the new owner may want to sort out but it’s quite usable as it is and won’t deteriorate in a hurry and certainly don’t detract from the finish of the cr. 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.
It’s MOT’d until 14th October 2018, and the last 3 MOTs have been advisory-free. This age of Mini is a nice car for regular use, and they’re great fun to drive! Being a 1275cc, and the last of the carburettor models means that it’s a hoot. The engine 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. The gearbox is nice and smooth with no worn synchromesh, another common issue with many Minis. The speedometer is showing 51,000 and this tallies in with the MOT history.
The subframes both appear to be in good order, and the car had a brand new rear subframe in 2014. Any structural issues would have been highlighted at the MOT and it all appears to be sound and solid – feel free to come and have a prod and poke!
The car has been painted professionally and looks great. Although this obviously isn’t the same standard of finish as a new Jaguar, etc, you can see for yourself that it’s very good indeed and has a nice shine.
The interior is very clean and tidy indeed – the seats and headlining are in great order, as are the carpets. The previous has recovered the seats with tartan covers, and these look great.
All in all, this is a really clean and tidy 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 in any way. Again – no, it’s not a concourse show car but it’s a nice, usable, presentable car that will provide much enjoyment!
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