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1998 Rover Mini Cooper

Lot No.: 302

Registration: S158 MBY
Chassis Number: SAXXNNAZEWD162170
Engine Number: 12A2LK70 371423
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1275
Year of Manufacture: 1998
Sold for (£): 4,500

Designed as project ADO15 (Austin Drawing Office project number 15), the Mini came about because of the fuel shortage caused by the 1956 Suez Crisis. Petrol was once again rationed in the UK, sales of large cars slumped and the market for German bubble cars boomed. Leonard Lord, the somewhat autocratic head of BMC, reportedly detested these cars so much that he vowed to rid the streets of them and design a 'proper miniature car'. He laid down some basic design requirements: the car should be contained within a box that measured 10 × 4 × 4 ft (3 × 1.2 × 1.2 m); and the passenger accommodation should occupy 6 ft (1.8 m) of the 10 ft (3 m) length; and the engine, for reasons of cost, should be an existing unit. Issigonis, who had been working for Alvis, had been recruited back to BMC in 1955 and, with his skills in designing small cars, was a natural for the task. The team that designed the Mini was remarkably small: as well as Issigonis, there was Jack Daniels (who had worked with him on the Morris Minor), Chris Kingham (who had been with him at Alvis), two engineering students and four draughtsmen. Together, by October 1957, they had designed and built the original prototype, which was affectionately named "The Orange Box" because of its colour.

Offered here is a 1998 Rover Mini Cooper with a 1275cc engine, finished in Tahiti Blue with the standard fitment, Monaco trimmed, Mini Cooper seats in a light stone beige. The car was delivered to its first owner in August ‘98, a Ms. Thomas of Thames Ditton, by London based Mini dealer The Chequered Flag. The service book is stamped by the supplying dealer and the London Mini Centre until 2006 at which time the car had covered 32,462 miles.

Offered with an MoT until 29.8.15, the original book pack containing the owners handbook, service book and in-car entertainment manual, this little Mini Cooper now shows 35,450 miles on the odometer and is ready to be enjoyed by its new owner.