2020 Shannons Sydney Summer Classic Auction & Rare Number Plates

2000 Rover Mini Cooper Sport 500 Saloon

$30,000 - $35,000


Engine In-line 4-cylinder, 1275cc
Gearbox 4-speed manual
Engine No. 12A2LK70399707
Chassis No. SAXXNPA2E1D1188515
Body Work Saloon
Colour Solar Red & Platinum Silver
Interior Black & Silver
Trim Leather
Wheels Cast alloy
Brakes Discs/Drum

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Announced more than forty years ago, the legendary Mini Cooper was a collaboration between BMC and John Cooper, the noted race car constructor whose eponymous machines scored back-to-back victories in the Formula One Championship in the hands of pilots Jack Brabham and Bruce McLaren.  Cooper took Alec Issigonis’ Mini and added the necessary ingredients to properly exploit the inherent abilities of the superb chassis.  Blessed with more power and better braking thanks to discs up front, the Mini Cooper embarked on a stellar motor sport career that culminated in outright victories in the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, 1965 and 1967.  The original Cooper (and subsequent “S” version) remained in production until British Leyland rationalized the range in 1971 although a version built under licence by Innocenti in Italy remained on sale for several years.  After a 21-year absence, the famous Cooper name was revived in 1990-1991 by Rover Special Products, using a 1275cc engine and was sold in three colours; Flame Red, Black and British Racing Green.  Lavishly equipped by 1960s standards, the new Coopers boasted leather upholstery, a leather steering wheel, full carpets, a sunroof, twin driving lights, wide alloy Minilite-style rims under wheelarch extensions and an oil cooler.  In 1997 the Cooper received new multi-point injection, plus a front-mounted radiator and several safety upgrades and numerous special editions were sold until production finally drew to a close in 2000, proving particularly popular in export markets like Japan.  Celebrating the end of Mini production, the Cooper Sport 500 was a limited-edition model loaded with extra features including 13-inch Sportspack wheels, under specially enlarged arches, twin spotlights and twin driving lights, a roof-mounted aerial, Halogen headlamps, special badges, stripes and decals.  Inside the Cooper Sport 500 was fully trimmed in black and silver leather, a special alloy dash, leather airbag steering wheel, alloy gear knob along with a host of other features.  Although never officially imported into Australia, the combination of retro style, modern performance, safety and luxury features has seen demand for the Rover Mini Cooper remain strong. 


  • One of three Cooper Sport 500s thought to be in Australia
  • Numbered, limited-edition model with original special gifts
  • Huge specification – the ultimate Mini
One of only three Cooper Sport 500s thought to reside in Australia, this stunning Mini is build number 338 and comes with all the special gifts and certificates exclusive to these fully loaded final edition cars.  The MPI 1275 engine has been upgraded with a Burlen 52mm throttle body, K&N panel filter in the original airbox, MiniSpares alloy rocker cover and Playmini twin-pipe stainless steel exhaust system, while exterior modifications include a stainless steel wiper kit and door handle guards, polished lockable fuel filler cap and Wood & Pickett fog lamp kit.  All the original parts have been retained and the mods easily reversible.  The bodyshell was fully waxoyled when new, including the underbody, subframe, door cavities, boot skin and roof gutter.  Having been dry stored and never used on salted roads whilst in the UK, the Solar Red and Platinum duco, bumpers, trim and Sportspack alloy wheels all present in showroom condition.  In keeping with the ultra-low mileage (the odometer reads just 12,200 miles, approximately 20,000 kms), the interior is immaculate, the leather upholstery, carpets and trim showing virtually no wear.  A Sony CD stereo with remote, four-piece Rover Cooper set of carpet mats, silver fire extinguisher and Mini Trailers’ charcoal boot board kit are the only noted modifications.  Enjoying one owner from new, the car was imported into Australia in August 2008 and has spent much of its life pampered in dry storage but regularly started and driven to ensure everything was kept working.  The list of items included with the sale is both extensive and impressive – these include the original Rover Cooper Sport 500 certificate, original sales brochure and dealer sticker, leatherbound owner’s pack containing the owner’s manual, ICE manual, service portfolio and dealer directory.  Other documentation includes the original order form, dealer invoice and two sets of keys, UK registration certificate, old UK MOTs, import and ADR compliance papers and a detailed receipt file.  Special gifts include a shoulder bag, cap, sweatshirt, Sterling Silver cufflinks, engraved multi-tool, pocket mirror plus a t-shirt and sweatshirt.  Previously registered in NSW and perfect for the serious Mini collector, the Cooper will be sold unregistered and additionally comes with a service manual and a quantity of spare parts. 
Note: Shannons advise that all potential buyers research all vehicles before purchase to authenticate originality.

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