Mini Cooper Sport 500
- Mileage: 470
- Year: 2001
- MOT Expiry: July 2019
- Exterior Colour: Solar Red / Platinum Silver
- Interior Colour: Black and Silver Leather
- Top speed: 90
- 0-60mph: 12.2
- BHP: 63
- Transmission: 4-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 1275cc
- Engine Configuration: 4 In-line
On October 4th 2000, production of the classic Mini finally came to an end. After an incredible 41 years of manufacture and with 5,387,862 cars produced, Rover celebrated the end of an era with a concluding run of 500 special edition Minis. The Cooper Sport 500 was the final send-off for the iconic Sir Alec Issigonis design.
There is often confusion between the classic Cooper Sports and Cooper Sport 500 varients, which have the same body, trim spec, and were also available in the same colours. The 500s, however, were only ever made in the Sports Pack version and with Platinum Silver roofs. New regulations meant they also featured a third brake light in the rear window. The other identifiable item fitted only to 500s was a commemorative plaque mounted within the glove compartment. The plaque stated “This mini is one of the last 500 built to the original Sir Alec Issigonis design’’. A certificate of authenticity signed by John Cooper and Kevin Howe was also supplied with each car.
The Cooper Sport 500 was available in a choice of four colours: Solar Red, Tahiti Blue, British Racing Green, and Anthracite. As Rover’s last Mini built, the 500 reflected well on the Mini’s life. It retained the classic shape, style and character of the ‘60s Mini while boasting all the luxuries of the modern 2000 car. Its full leather upholstery was made from the best hides, the larger wheels ensured a fresh appearance, the Platinum Silver roof and stripes added a touch of class, and the alloy dash fascia was a wonderful tribute to John Cooper’s part in the Mini’s history.
A total of just 110 Mini Cooper Sport 500s were produced in Solar Red, an example of which is featured here.
Solar Red body, Platinum Silver roof and door mirrors, Platinum Silver bonnet stripes and pinstripes, Alloy dash fascia, Sports Pack: additional gauges in fascia, 13-inch alloy wheels, Large body colour extended wheel arches, Two driving lamps and two fog lamps, Sports accelerator pedal, Large bore chrome tailpipe finisher, Koni dampers; Full leather upholstery, Leather steering wheel with airbag, Original Mini cassette radio, Remote central locking, Glove compartment, Rear seatbelts, Third brake light, Spare wheel, Cooper Sport 500 build plaque and certificate of authenticity, Chrome GB badge.
If you never had the opportunity of buying one of these when they were new, now is your chance. From the day of purchase this example has been carefully stored by its one and only keeper. The result is a car that's nearly 18 years old but still looks just as clean and sharp as the day it rolled off the production line. The Solar Red paint is unmarked throughout, the chrome is exquisite, and the rubber seals are soft to the touch. The Mini remains in outstanding original condition and even its very first tax disc is still visible in the windscreen. This is a true collector’s piece!
Opening the door you are greeted by that smell only new cars seem to have. The leather on the seats is wonderfully supple and entirely unmarked. Every item within the cabin feels like new. The phrase “time warp” is often thrown around misguidedly amongst car dealers and owners alike, but it really is the only way to describe the interior of this example. Commonly worn items such as the steering wheel and gear knob are without even the tiniest hint of wear, and pleasingly the original Mini cassette player remains in place.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The engine bay is wonderfully clean and tidy with absolutely no signs of any damage or poor repair to be found. There is no corrosion to any of the inner panels and the Solar Red paint has not suffered any deterioration. All the ancillaries still appear in great shape, and with just 470 miles on the clock the engine is barely run in.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original Sports Pack 13-inch alloy wheels are 100% perfect and without any marks or age-related wear; they are shod in a matching set of Dunlop tyres that are still completely unworn. The AP brakes are all original and showing no signs of use. The 500’s Sports Pack also meant Koni dampers, which are present and correct.
This little Mini was first registered in March 2001. It has remained in the same ownership since new and is now offered for sale for the very first time in 17 years. The Certificate of Authenticity and Cooper Sport 500 shoulder bag accompany the car. The MOT is valid until July 2019 and a fresh service will be carried out upon sale for the new keeper's piece of mind.
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