1994 Rover Mini Mayfair
The original mini is as real and authentic as it gets. Iconic styling, go-kart handling, and incredible efficiency all rolled into one snug fitting package. This 1994 Rover Mini is one of the final iterations of the model, featuring some distinctive touches that improve the overall aesthetic of this bantam weight saloon. Beginning with the Pistachio Green paint, which looks exceptionally lustrous, this Cooper has an abundance of curb appeal. The 'press-on' white roof is one of those mini must haves, and adds a bit of vintage flair. Aside from some small dings and routine imperfections, the body is in above average shape, as least as much as a handcrafted 50 year old British design can be. The silver Minilite alloy wheels sit tall at 13 inches, and Mini Sport style fender flares are completely filled with rubber. Small chrome fender mirrors and driving lights complete the sexy bodywork. Undoubtedly, this is the best looking Mini we have imported to date, and it drives even better than it looks.
The interior makes a statement in and of itself. The most iconic look comes compliments of the upgraded, light burled, wood dash. The veneer has a nicely sized glove box assembly that mounts flushly when closed. Even a VDO black and white analog clock has been retrofitted to the center of the dash. The Mayfair's classic black cloth interior is accented with red piping. Besides a small hole on the drivers seat, the cockpit is exceedingly above average in condition. The door cards also match the seats, their textured material is soft to the touch. The headliner is taught and unmolested. Being a higher trim level than your basic Cooper, added storage is equipped on either side of the rear passengers, and the rear windows can be vented to add a blast of fresh air to the cabin. A red stitched steering wheel, wrapped in leather is grippy and connects the driver to the road. This car is actually equipped with A/C and the speakers and head unit have been upgraded to Alpine units, with aux and usb functionality.
Under the bonnet, the trademark transverse mounted four cylinder. The 1275cc mill is peppy and the automatic transmission mates up well to the four banger. At only 58K verified miles, she is just getting broken in. The car fires right up and buzzes to life, settling into a nice idle. The EFI models such as this one do not require a choke, thereby adding a bit of convenience to ones ownership.The battery has been replaced with a new one, ensuring optimal start ups during the winter months. The power unit makes decent torque and pulls to redline without any issues. The larger displacement cars such as this one, have much better low end power, and also seem to pull better in the mid range. With an improved center exit exhaust, and Team Turtle polished intake, this Mini's soundtrack is sublime, emitting the proper "burble and spit" noises that everyone loves. Despite no power assist, the steering is easy articulate at low speeds. Two new tires have been mounted and balanced by one of our trained technicians, and an oil and filter service has been completed. The suspension is compliant, and as with any Mini, isn't the least bit refined. Their older technology certainly gets the job done and has stood the test of time. Despite its rudimentary nature, this Mini puts a smile on your face every time you drive it.
Loved for its under dog character and sublime handling this Mini is an overachiever. It's forgiving nature, inexpensive and abundant parts, and timeless appeal make this a great turn key Japanese Classic!
*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.