1992 Rover Mini Mayfair
The Rover Mini has cemented itself in history as one of the most iconic cars ever built. Not to mentioned finished in probably the most synonymous color combination red with the white roof. The Mayfair edition of the Mini was the most option laden built. The subtle tweaks make it stand above the rest with things like the body colored fender flairs. The typical one received black plastic where as these have a much more graceful appearance. Paired with the chrome accents it really makes this little guy pop! With only 49K miles on it the paint looks fantastic. Being a 1992 it does have some routine stone chips and minor blemishes as any car would. The body has been kept up with very well. Just bear in mind these are English built, not German, so some of the gaps aren't 100% perfect. Rolling on some massive 10" ATS 5 spoke wheels gives it a surprisingly aggressive stance. The low roofline and small wheel combination are what give it the bulldog like stance.
The interior are where some of the more notable features stand out. The Mayfair has rear venting quarter windows to help with air circulation through the cabin. This model also came with additional storage bins on the door panels since storage space can be a premium. The two tone vinyl and cloth seats are extremely supportive and give a much more modern feel to the interior. The front seats are in fantastic shape, with only some bolster wear to the driver seat but no rips or tears. The back seats look to be hardly sat in despite being surprisingly spacious. Actually that can be said about the entire car; which is a common misconception. At 6'2" I easily fit although the pedals can get a little tight if you're not paying attention. The JDM Mini's came equipped with an A/C system unlike the older, Euro, counterparts which is a welcomed addition. On the doors the factory hardware has been upgraded to brushed aluminum which adds a refreshingly more modern touch. One thing to note is the passenger window crank knob is missing, but doesn't affect it's function. The only notable blemish to the interior is a crack along the top of the dash pad stemming from the vent. The gauge cluster on the JDM model is also superior to the Euro version with 3 easy to read dials for all of the pertinent information.
Mechanically the Mayfair came with the largest motor put in a Mini from the factory. The 1275cc (1.3L) came equipped with a fuel injection system opposed to the older carburetor style which makes it considerably easier to live with on a day to day basis. Of course the real selling point of the mini has always been it's impressive power to weight ratio making it a handling dream. Fitted with the proper 3rd pedal makes it even more fun when the road gets twisty. The clutch is light and gets the pint sized boxer moving with ease. Thanks to the fuel injection system the 1.3 fires right up and sounds great through the upgraded, single exit, exhaust. With the 3" tip it makes for a great burble. Mechanically the car is rock solid including the traditional British car minor oil leaks. While tiny, the brakes are capable due to the size. With it's iconic looks and improved mechanics, the Mayfair makes for some of the most fun you can have on four wheels!
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.