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1990 Rover Mini Cooper 1300 1275cc
  • Price:US $17,500
  • Year:1990
  • Make:Rover Mini
  • Model:Cooper 1300
  • Body Style:Sedan
  • Motor:1275cc
  • Transmission:4-Speed Manual
  • Body Color:black/white
  • Miles:61,000
  • Ad Type:Mini
  • Created on:Jan 29, 2022
  • Modified on:Jun 21, 2022
  • Other Ads:None

Genuine 1990 ROVER RSP COOPER is #274 of 1,650 produced and one of 100 sold new in New Zealand. A prototype of the RSP Cooper was proposed in the 80s by John Cooper to Rover as a re-launch of the Mini Cooper, a marque which had been absent since the 1960s. See John Parnell's book, the excellent ORIGINAL MINI COOPER AND COOPER S for more details.

This particular RSP Cooper was purchased from the original owner by the 2nd owner (a Whidbey Island resident and SAMOA member) while on a Mini-hunting trip to NZ in the early 2000s. I purchased it from the 2nd owner in 2020 after it had been in storage for eight years.

At that time the cooling and braking systems were thoroughly rebuilt, new Yoko A539 tires and KYB shocks were installed, a complete exhaust system (including down pipes) were added, relays were added to headlight/driving light wiring and chassis alignment was checked. A new battery was installed in 2022.

The MG Metro 1275cc engine and gearbox with 3.1:1 final drive is original to the car. Compression test figures taken in May, 2020: cylinder 1-185, 2-190, 3-195, 4-187. The RSP Cooper was the last production 1275cc Mini made using a carbureted engine. It runs smooth and quiet with no gear whine. It does not leak oil or water and does not smoke.

All features unique to the RSP Cooper remain and are in very-good to excellent condition including five unique 12-inch alloy wheels (lug nut placement is unique), body-color flares and mirrors, ½-leather seat upholstery, door cards, head liner, red leather-wrapped steering wheel, thick-pile red carpet, factory-installed stereo and factory-installed Webasto sunroof.

It is in original, condition. It has not been restored. Both outer door skins are rusted along the bottom edge but otherwise, there is only a tiny amount of surface rust and no structural rust.

"Cold-start" video:

Snohomish Valley drive:

It is not driven in the rain and has been kept in a garage or under a car cover in a carport since purchase by the 2nd owner. It runs only on ethanol-free gas. The odometer is believed to be accurate showing approx. 61,000 miles. Call, text or email with questions. -asking $17,500
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