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Rover Mini cabriolet

An original factory Rover Mini cabriolet






49,895 Kilometers

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History File

Our original Factory supplied Rover Mini Cabriolet is a rare sight indeed. Figures vary as to how many exactly were built, with most UK sources quoting figures around 300 produced between 1993 and 1996. However, BMW Group maintain that there were, according to their figures, actually 1081 examples built; although, we suspect that these figures include both RHD and LHD cars combined, with the 300 number being the RHD cars alone. This particular example was supplied by the official Rover Händler – Anton Feldmann in Osnabrück Germany. It would change hands a couple of times before being exported to Holland but would then return to Germany, around 2014 to be fully restored, ironically, by the original Sales Agent Fm Westmark, who controlled the cars initial sale. Following a complete frame-off restoration, the result is utterly astonishing and will turn heads where ever it goes. Sadly, the Rover Book Pack has been lost in its transition from Germany to Holland – and back! But its low kilometer status is clear and, without question, correct at just 48,895. It’s frustrating that Heritage Trust in England can tell you build details of the very first Mini produced, but due to, let’s just call it politics at the Longbridge Plant, they can’t supply details of the final cars produced, which is a huge disappointment – to so many. Thankfully, cuties like this are still around to be enjoyed without necessarily have all the full details.


Copying the official German dealer Autohaus Lamm’s successful version of the car, Rover’s own creation included a full colour-matched body kit, which included massive front and rear wheel arch extensions, a big front spoiler incorporating extra driving lamps, side skirts and a large rear bumper. The model was initially only available in two colours: Caribbean Blue and – as one can see here – Nightfire Red (code COQ BLVC 916). This car received a frame-off respray around 2016 and is still in stunning condition today. A tiny blister is now apparent in the left bottom corner of the driver’s door, but has not worsened in the last couple of years. The front left wheel arch also bares a tiny scratch but, apart from that, the car is just lovely and both faults would be difficult to detect. The Karmann engineered body shell, with its strengthened underside and B Posts and reinforced windscreen does not detract from the cars typical twinkle-toes characteristics. Indeed, all cabriolet appetites should be suitably whetted and just enjoy it for what it is. A blast! The Tickford designed Soft-Top is a superb bit of engineering and a breeze to raise and retract. This example received a new roof during the restoration process in the correct matching body colour. The matching red hood cover clips easily into place and is also in “like new” condition. Unmistakable as a Mini with the roof up as well, the soft-top form mimic’s the standard model form extremely well.


Without question, this is our cars highlight following a complete shakedown and modification. In reality, all Rover Mini cabriolets left the Longbridge factory with Granite Grey cloth interiors. Here we have a quality leather replacement using the original seats in a contrasting grape colour. Supplied and fitted by a specialist Belgian upholsterer, the “new look” extends to the door capping’s and dashboard top. A keen eye will notice the yet to be fitted door grips. Also changed from the cars factory dashboard is a new burr-walnut retro accessory with central dials finished in matt green/grey. Enthusiasts will notice the double gloveboxes for both passenger and driver. Completing the astonishing transformation is new carpeting throughout. During the retro-processing, it was consciously decided not to build the radio back in place but, the preparation is there for the next discerning owner. With a replacement 14” wooden steering wheel, the all-new interior is a complete transformation from the original car and, dare we say it, as it should have been?!

Engine & Transmission

All of these cute cabriolets were fitted with Rovers 1.3 Four cylinder 1275cc OHV (Single Point Injection) SPi 63hp units, with a 4 speed manual all synchro transmission. The thus far 48k km’s have been beautifully maintained in the last few years by marque Mini specialist Fm Westmark in north Germany. The cars detailed underside is testament to the level of care taken during and indeed post restoration. A neat after-market electrical immobiliser should keep the wee car nice and safe.

Wheels, Tyres & Brakes

Front 8.4 inch discs and 7 inch rear drums pull up the wee car in an appropriate manner. Cast Alloy Revolution 5 Spoke 12” wheels are nicely covered with 165/R60 R12 Ziex tyres with plenty of suitable tread remaining.

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