MINI COOPER 1.6 3-dr, 2002 (52), British Racing Green and White, 49k, £SOLD

 Excellent condition two-owner car, with warranted very low mileage and incredible specification including Chilli pack (climate control, xenon headlamps, headlamp washers), half-leather seats, panoramic glass sun-roof, electric front windows, 5-speed manual gearbox, front foglights, 16” alloys, cruise and 6-disc CD-player. Well maintained throughout, just fully serviced, valeted, and with a long MoT.

In the details below, you’ll find full details of the specification, vehicle history, and a thoroughly detailed condition report.

Ten large-format photos also below!

The Mini Cooper has been one of the great retro-style sales successes, and with good reason.  It looks great, drives brilliantly, and boasts a huge specification linked to neat retro styling touches.  The car has a fun and lively character all of its own – and this example has that extra x-factor in spades, with its distinctive British Racing Green and contrasting White colour scheme.  That sporty look is further enhanced by the bonnet stripes and driving lamps, and carries on into the interior where the half-leather seats are complemented by black houndstooth check fabric.

This Mini was first registered to a private individual in September 2002, and then transferred to its second owner in April 2005.  That owner has kept it ever since, using it very sparingly and covering only a few thousand miles each year.  That usage has fallen even more in recent years – down to about a thousand miles a year only – which prompted the owner to decide to manage without the car at all.  I know the family, and was pleased to buy the car into stock and now offer it for resale.

Like all these Minis, it drives extremely well – combining sharp handling and nippy performance with comfortable seating and plenty of room inside – even in the rear.  It really is a fun car to own – and that was enhanced by the huge range of personalisation originally available… this example looks to have been specc’ed with virtually every option available!

This generation of Mini was originally introduced in 2001 and ran through to 2006, and was available with a bewildering selection of models and option packs. This car was registered in September 2002, and is the 1.6-litre 3-door Cooper model, fitted with an 1598cc 4-cylinder 16-valve petrol injection engine, producing 115bhp. This gives it a cracking 0-60mph time of 8.9 secs and a top speed of 124 mph, so it is perfectly happy either running around town or out on the open road or motorway. It’s economical too – with government fuel figures of 42.2mpg combined and an outstanding 53.3mpg on the extra urban cycle!

It’s finished in British Racing Green, with contrasting white bonnet stripes, mirror casings and roof, and the bodywork is in outstanding condition, with no obvious chips or scratches and not even any scuffs to the alloy wheels.  The paintwork is still very glossy, and all in all it looks extremely impressive – even more so when you take its age into account!

The Cooper sat well up in the Mini specification range, with lots of equipment as standard – but this example looks to have had upwards of £3000-worth of options when new:- Automatic Skid Control (ASC), Electric sliding panoramic glass sunroof, half-leather seats, cruise control, alarm, leather multi-function steering wheel, upgraded 16” alloy wheels, climate control, rev counter, front fog lights, xenon headlamps, headlamp washers and even a first aid kit!

And if the specification and condition of this car wasn’t enough to attract your interest, then there is the very low warranted mileage of just 49,000 miles.  The Mini has an extremely thorough service history, with twelve documented services. The camshaft is chain driven, so there is no cambelt to worry about, and the MoT runs through to September 2019.  The Mini has also been fully valeted and Experian Data Checked (like HPI) and is clear.

Awarding it an excellent 4.0/5 star rating, Parker’s Used Car Guide comments:-
“Slick handling, funky image, great fun to drive, unique interior design. Few cars are as well suited to urban life as the MINI. Its retro looks have proved to be more than just a passing fashion fad, it’s compact, easy – as well as exciting – to drive and affordable to run. Such is MINI’s appeal that even early examples fetch surprisingly high prices, although those with choice options fetch the best money.  Handling is MINI’s strongest suit: it’s a hoot to drive. It corners superbly, has sharp steering and feels controllable at all times. A lot of this has been achieved with clever on-board electronics that are a world away from the original car – like ABS, traction control and brake assist – which make the car safer as well as more enjoyable to drive. One of the best interiors in the business – for a car of any price. Many of the details are sublime, harking back to Mini’s 1960s roots. That’s why there’s a large speedometer in the centre of the dash, cute toggle switches and lashings of chrome. Reliable build, provided it’s well looked after and serviced. Gets a four-star Euro NCAP rating, which is very good for a design of this size and age.  MINIs benefited from only slight depreciation over its lifetime and there’s still strong demand for all models.”

Out on the road, the Mini is highly accomplished with excellent handling, roadholding and performance, whilst it is still comfortable too for driver and passengers.  It cruises smoothly, accelerates with verve, and brakes confidently.  This car clearly benefits from its excellent condition, high specification and thorough maintenance history – supported too by a long MoT and full valet.

Equipment and Features

Finished in British Racing Green metallic paintwork, with white roof, mirror covers, and twin bonnet stripes
Charcoal half-leather seats with houndstooth fabric inserts
> 1598cc 4-cylinder 16-valve fuel-injection petrol engine, producing 115 bhp and 149Nm torque
> 5-speed manual gearbox
> Climate Control
> Power Assisted Steering (PAS)
> Mini RDS Radio, with boot-mounted 6-CD changer and roof-mounted bee-sting aerial
> Multi-function steering wheel with full radio remote controls
> Automatic Skid Control (ASC)
> 16” Alloy wheels
> Cruise Control
> Xenon headlamps
> Headlamp washers
> Electric front windows
> Electric panoramic glass sunroof
> Electrically-adjustable door mirrors
> Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
> Remote control central locking, with two remote keys and one non-remote
> Tinted windows
> Tilt and slide front seats, giving easy access to rear
> Map pockets to rear of front seats
> Two folding rear seats, each fitted with 3-point seat belts and head restraints
> Height adjustable front seats
> Height adjustable steering wheel
> Driver’s, Front Passenger’s, and twin side airbags
> Front and Rear fog lamps
> Front Driving lamps
> Trip computer with functions for exterior temperature, average MPG, distance to empty and average speed since reset
> Heated rear window
> Rear wash/wipe system
> Cigarette lighter/ 12v charging point
> Front and rear Mini original equipment floormats
> Alarm and anti-theft immobiliser
> First Aid Kit

History and Documentation

> The current mileage is showing as 49,102 miles which is warranted as correct – that equates to less than 3000 miles per year!
> The Mini comes with its V5 registration document. It was first registered 1st September 2002 and shows just two keepers from new. The first owner kept the car until April 2005, and the second owner since then
> An online MoT history check shows MoTs completed as follows:-
22/08/2006; 28,794 miles
15/08/2007; 32,025 miles
05/08/2008; 34,309 miles
13/08/2009; 36,034 miles
16/08/2010; 37,476 miles
18/08/2011; 40,204 miles
18/08/2012; 41,973 miles
16/08/2013; 43,781 miles
19/08/2014; 45,107 miles
13/08/2015; 46,192 miles
20/08/2016; 47,184 miles
23/08/2017; 48,027 miles
17/08/2018; 48,954 miles
> At the last MoT there were some minor items advised (one blown registration plate lamp; movement in some front suspension bushes, some rubbing on the power steering pipe, and a split offside wiper); my mechanics have checked all these items and report that they are all resolved (or at least, they can’t find the stated problems!)
> The car has been Experian Data Checked (similar to HPI), and the buyer will receive a copy of the report – which shows no problems.
> The car has a comprehensive service history, with stamps recorded in the service book as follows:-
28/08/2002; pre-delivery inspection, Mini Main Agent
20/06/2003;   9,597 miles – Mini Main Agent
06/10/2004; 22,750 miles – Mini Main Agent
12/04/2005; 25,305 miles – Mini Main Agent
15/08/2007; 32,024 miles – Mini Main Agent
13/08/2009; 36,034 miles – Independent garage
16/08/2010; 37,476 miles – Independent garage
10/08/2011; 40,205 miles – Independent garage
16/08/2013; 43,780 miles – Independent garage
18/08/2014; 45,106 miles – Independent garage
13/08/2015; 46,192 miles – Independent garage
21/08/2016; 47,184 miles – Independent garage
23/08/2017; 48,026 miles – Independent garage
17/08/2018; 48,955 miles – Independent garage
The in-car service indicator shows 14,325 miles until the next service
> The owners handbook, service book, radio guide and book pack are all present.

Bodywork and Interior Condition

> As you can see from the photos, the bodywork is in outstanding condition for the age and mileage, without even the usual age-related small chips and scratches and  trolley-dents.
> The interior is very tidy, with no damage to seats or carpets and carpet overmats fitted.

Mechanical Condition and Wheels/Tyres

> The car has covered just over 49,000 miles. It goes very well indeed – and runs, steers, stops and goes round corners very well indeed
> All the interior warning lights come on and go off as they should
> The gearbox is perhaps a little noisier than I would expect in reverse, but my gearbox service agents advise me that these Getrag gearboxes are often noisy in reverse
> The front foglamps are working, but there is some minor rusting to the bottom of the internal reflectors.
> There is a single chip to the windscreen
> The upgraded 16” alloy road wheels unmarked
> The tyres are all 195/55 x 16. Three of the road tyres are Firestone Firehawk, with the front offside being a Goodyear Eagle NCT5.  All the road tyres have between 5mm and 6mm of tread.   There is no spare wheel – it’s possible that the car was originally supplied with run-flat tyres.  There is a new can of instant tyre repair/tyre weld in the boot.

All in all – this is a great opportunity to acquire a highly desirable small car in excellent condition. It drives very well indeed, looks very smart with its contrasting colour scheme and upgraded alloy wheels, and has an outstanding range of original equipment.  Factor in the extensive service history including recent service, long MoT and full valet  and it makes a very compelling case for itself.

If you have any questions, please mail me or call me on 07917-234897. Any inspection or accompanied test drive is welcomed by appointment