1993 Rover Mayfair 1275cc
One of the most iconic vehicles ever produced, this 1993 Rover Mini is immediately recognizable. Offered with a mere 43k verified miles, this Mayfair edition boasts go-kart handling, a plush interior, and coveted factory air conditioning. Finished in a Vibrant Red with a Pepper White top, the body is in good shape other than some minor dings and chips associated with normal use along with some faded paint where the emblems have been removed by the previous owner. Best of all, this classic mini features a fuel-injected 1275cc hotshot four-banger and manual transmission which makes every drive fast, fun, and efficient!
The interior has been kept up impressively in Japan, and it's clear this one was cared for. Many of the typical condition issues associated with these minis are nonexistent in our example. For instance, the special option black cloth seats with red piping usually are worn down, with the seat bottoms normally exposing the front passenger bottoms to the rigid metal skeleton of the seats. These are in wonderful shape, full of padding, and are comfortable for long cruises. The material itself is still soft and lacks any major imperfections such as rips, stains, or tears. The matching material can be found in the door cards, which are above average in condition. The red carpets are eye-catching and like the headliner are in nice shape. The rear seats are surprisingly spacious and can fit an adult if need be. The floorplan itself benefits from the short overhangs and relatively long wheelbase the Rover has. The driver has access to all the important controls including climate, audio and switchgear. The factory Rover din works properly and supplies audio to the rear speakers located on the parcel shelf. The dash itself is in good nick and lacks any major imperfections. Centrally mounted, a suite of toggles controls items such as lighting and defrost and carried over to the design language of the current generation BMW MINIs. The locks, like the windows, are manually actuated and are one less thing to break. The Japanese models are prized for their low mileage and relatively good condition, but most of all the models are prized for factory A/C. This one actually works, and although the cockpit won't get as cold as Siberia, it is effective on hot summer days. The Mayfairs also were sold with rear ventilated windows which can provide natural cooling if you didn't want to rob the engine of any horsepower with air-con. They also came with additional door card storage in the rear for items that don't fit in the glovebox.
Over the forty years of production, the model changed very little. Some of the most remarkable changes were saved for the last few cars, and this one features some of those niceties. While cold starts are normally not as fun with a Mini, this model has ditched the carburetter in favor of a more reliable fuel injection setup. The 1275cc mill turns over with a twist of the key thanks to a newly installed 12v battery. It's kind of refreshing not to have to play with the choke like a 998cc model, and it should be noted that this engine has also received a fresh oil and filter service. Mated to a four-speed manual gearbox powering the front wheels, the engine propels this bantamweight two-door up to and above legal highway speeds. The hydroelastic suspension does lack refinement but is compliant enough for daily use. On the positive side, the MINI corners like it's on rails, staying flat in the twisties. The brakes halt this tiny car down to speed quickly and the tiny tires have plenty of tread to provide year-round grip.
While perhaps not the typical Japanese Classic this 1993 Rover is impressive in its own right! Loved for its timeless styling, low cost of ownership, and inexpensive retail price, you won't want to let this one get away!
*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