1993 Rover Mini EFI

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Stock Number: 4288

The consummate underdog, the Rover Mini was built for 40 years and is one of the most iconic and loveable vehicles ever produced. The now-famous two-box design featured low overhangs to maximize interior room, a peppy transversely mounted four-cylinder, and world-class handling. This 1993 model features the larger 1275cc power plant and manual transmission and is finished in one of the most desirable colors, British Racing Green. The body is in good shape, other than the normal dings, chips, and dents associated with normal use. Up to date on maintenance with custom interior and suspension, this stunning import is a classic you won't want to miss.

When entering the cockpit, the custom appointments and special upholstery really pop. This model is the Mayfair trim, so you already get the additional storage pockets and ventilated rear windows as standard equipment. The factory seats have a tendency to wear thin on the seat bottoms, but both driver and passenger sides offer a nice amount of cushion. The gray buckets and rear bench have been fitted with expensive faux leather covers, that look like they came from the factory. Expert eyes will notice that a dash conversion has been done, and like the original MINIs, features center-mounted Smiths gauges. The simple, white-faced gauges give a retro look and remove all of the horrible factory plastic cladding that covers the top and lower dash. A driver mounted Sports Delta tachometer keeps an eye on the revs and completes the gauge suite. Due to the gauge conversion, we cannot verify the mileage, which reads 25K. That's not to say the interior is perfect, as the headliner and door cards have a few minor flaws. While they are still tightly upholstered, the door cards have an experience a bit of discoloration and the headliner has a small tear. The windscreen also has some light frosting around the edges, but nothing that affects visibility. The old owner added a bunch of chrome accents to the interior, and it looks noticeably more upscale. Door pulls, window cranks, door lock trim, and the shift knob all have this treatment and match some of the exterior styling cues. This MINI also comes with a set of red chequered mats to protect the floorboards. A rare option, except in Japan, this Rover was equipped with factory a/c. All the components are there, and the system seems to function, but they never blow as cold as a brand new car. The OEM audio system, with its limited capabilities, has been ditched in favor of a Carrozzaria unit. This deck has not just CD but also includes auxiliary and USB compatibility. The speakers send tunes around the cabin, which is a shame because the four-banger sounds too good with its custom exhaust!

The short, stubby bonnet is crammed with the last iteration of the 1275cc gasoline mill. Utilizing electronic fuel injection, cold starts are so much smoother and this little Rover delivers exceptional fuel economy. With a twist of a key, the water-cooled engine springs to life and sets into a constant idle without having to deal with a pesky choke. A custom center-exit exhaust not only looks sweet but sounds throaty as well. A fresh oil and filter service ensures no scheduled maintenance is needed for another three thousand miles. Acceleration is brisk and the four-speed manual slots into every gear, and shifts as it should. The handling is noticeably tighter than a typical MINI, as the factory hydroelastic suspension has been replaced with a Coilover system. It lowers the ride height and reduces the fender gap giving this Rover an even better stance. Cornering is flat, and the steering is responsive, as it is unassisted without being too heavy. The brakes bite down hard, and the calipers clamp down hard on the newly resurfaced brake rotors. The 10" Revolution Classic Four spoke alloys are all shod with new tires, mounted and balanced by one of our expert technicians. The complete this sporty looking aesthetic, and convey the appeal of those early Coopers with the factory ten-inch alloys.

Lots of people want a MINI, but seem to get confused and buy a bloated BMW. This one is the real deal, a genuine Rover, and once you drive it they don't compare. For the enthusiast who wants a lightweight, yet simple, adult size go-kart with room for four adults, a Classic MINI is tough to beat.

*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.

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