Yet another low mileage original Mini Cooper has cropped up for sale in the UK, this one with only 33 miles showing on the odometer. This one wasn’t stored in someone's living room, but it is nonetheless in absolutely perfect showroom condition.
The Birmingham-built Rover Mini Classic 1.3i Cooper Sport is being sold by GC Motors based in Swanley, Kent for £29,995, almost twice the price of a modern day MINI.
Apparently the dealer has several cars on the lot bearing similarly low mileage. According to the dealer they have “actually got quite a few, with 31, 32, 94, 98 and 200 miles on the clock and they all look brand-spanking new.”
Of course I would be remiss to not mention that this car is about 10 years too new to import into the USA.
But perhaps that is not such a great loss, as a vehicle that has only gone 33 miles in 15 years’ time is probably going to be in need of quite a bit of mechanical attention should one want to use it. And of course if one does use it, then the value will decline with every mile.
Says Motoring author and classic car expert Martyn Nutland, “Cars that are bought for investment and/or to sit in museums or private collections and never used are often concealing the ravages of deterioration that will afflict any machine that is left idle.”
“So the Mini maybe lovely and shiny with an unmarked interior, but what about the tubes, and hoses and seals and wires and all the other items you can’t see that are really not designed to be left festering for 15 years.”
Motoring journalist Ian Donaldson, chairman of the Midland Group of Motoring Writers, said “It is more an ‘oldish car with no miles’ than a proper classic old Mini, which go for less even in half decent condition.”
Nevertheless, any car that old, with such low miles and in original condition is certainly neat to come across, and fun to look at. Especially for such an iconic vehicle as the classic Mini, and one of the last ones made at that.
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