Before the Cooper, there was the Mini and not unlike today, the auto industry in England was facing the dilemma of increased fuel prices. Mini engineers solved the situation by building a car that was not only fuel efficient but affordable for most people. The launch of the Mini in 1959 made an impression on automobile design and still does to this day. The transverse engine distributed weight more evenly on and increased stability while the wheels that were moved to the very corners of the frame made for more passenger room.
The Mini was upgraded by John Cooper of the Cooper Car Company which is how we got the name still used today. Cooper was a racing legend if British car rallies.
The powerful and practical Mini Cooper remains popular today and there is quite a following of enthusiasts and many Mini Cooper clubs around the country. It is good collector car to own.
This is a great Mini Cooper that has been well maintained by the current owner. Exterior is Chili Red with a black convertible power top. Paint presents in above average condition and all chrome and trim is excellent.
Interior is the black bucket seat interior that still looks new. Dash, gauges, and pedals are in excellent like new condition.
Engine is the 1.6 Liter 4 cylinder paired with the 6-speed manual transmission. Car starts, runs and drives with excellent performance.
Other features are front wheel drive, 4-wheel ABS, independent front and rear suspension, AC/Heat, and stereo with Mini Boost CD player.
This car gets 28 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway. The gas tank is 13.20 gallons and car has a 5 star roll-over rating.
Serious buyers only may view this Mini Cooper convertible by appointment only. Car is with the private owner and location is 20 miles north of Charlotte, NC.