1997 Rover Mini Balmoral MPi 1.3i
£££ SOLD £££
These fuel-injected Minis are great fun. To me, they are still a ‘real’ Mini, free of any pointless styling additions such as wide wheels and big, flared wheel arches. There is much less unsprung weight with these narrower wheels and tyres – and this means that they ride and handle much more nicely too! Being a non-Cooper car, it means that insurance is cheaper for younger drivers.
This 1997 example is a tidy example, and is has an MOT test until October 12th, 2015. Its service history shows that it has covered just 52,000 miles, having been bought new by a Mr Stuart Ian Watson of Leeds.
From there, there are a good number of bills and receipts for work that has been carried out on the car. Recent works include a full respray around 18 months ago, along with new sills and inner rear wheelarches which have been properly seam welded in.
The car starts, runs, drives and stops very well indeed. The interior is all original and in good order – these seats are very rare indeed! It’s probably worth noting that there’s no stereo fitted – the Rover radio blank is fitted. The tyres have plenty of tread and the alloys are in good order.
Bodily, the car is nice and straight – you can see in the pictures that there are some areas of VERY minor bubbling here and there. Structurally the car appears to be great, and I doubt you’ll have any issues when it comes to taking it for another MOT in October.
Priced very reasonably for a quick sale – it’s an ideal starter classic or to use as a first car. Obviously it’s not a concourse show car but it’s generally very good indeed, but is ready to use and enjoy. You must remember that running a Mini isn’t like a modern Japanese Honda or equivalent – there will be bits and bobs to do from time to time, but generally you’ll be able to fix it yourself, because they’re so simple!
Grab a pre-season bargain.