An original Mini Cooper as the one that Peet Classics added to the collection, with such a low mileage and as beautifully cared for, can be called a rare find. This 2000 Mini Cooper, painted in the nostalgic bright green paintwork Almond Green, has had only one owner. The odometer of this beautiful example of the legendary British classic, shows only 30,000 kilometers (18,750 miles). The condition of the Mini suggests that the car has been taken apart to the last screw for a thorough restoration; There is no dent to be seen in the sheet metal, and there is not even a speck of rust anywhere. But to be fair, this Mini Cooper is still in the same showroom condition as 22 years ago, when it was first registered in the Netherlands.
That this lovely Mini Cooper is still in such a wonderfully beautiful condition after so much time, is due to an owner who left nothing to chance. A thorough Dinitrol anti-corrosion treatment has saved the sheet metal, as well as the box sections from rusting. In addition, the cherished Cooper was only taken out of its garage when there was no risk of catching any dirt. Road salt? The Cooper has never seen that in its 22-year history!
Which does not mean that the owner did not enjoy this Mini Cooper. As a Mini enthusiast in heart and soul, this person regularly took the car from the stable for an exciting tour rally or for a Mini meeting abroad. There has not been spared a euro on the maintenance of the four-cylinder 1275 cc engine. This Cooper steers like a Mini in top condition should steer: as if it were leading the Monte Carlo Rallye.
To further enhance the driving pleasure, the Mini Cooper is equipped with a roll bar. Of course, this swallows up the space in the rear seat, but the Mini was never intended as a spacious family car anyway … The roll bar not only offers extra safety, but also gives the body extra rigidity. In this way, the already very entertaining driving characteristics of the Cooper are taken to an even higher level.
The roll bar is pretty much the only sidestep the owner has made in terms of originality. The beautifully cared for light green (Porcelain Green) leather seats with dark green piping are original, the glossy walnut dashboard with attractive cream-coloured clocks are also delivered from new – even the original 12-inch light-alloy Minilites have never been replaced by wheels with a larger diameter! Well, there is another sidestep: this Mini Cooper growls impressively, thanks to a custom-made stainless steel exhaust.
Although the original Mini went into production more than sixty years ago, Sir Alec Issigonis' design is still brilliant. Very few cars with such humble origins have become as great an icon as the Mini. Intended as a cheap alternative to the bubble cars of the early 1950s, the Mini quickly became a crowd pleaser, even been driven by The Beatles and supermodel Twiggy. But thanks to John Cooper, the Mini also had numerous sporting successes, both on the rally tests and on the track. In today's historic race events, it's great to see the little Minis battle with much more powerful sports machines like the Alfa Romeo GTA, the Lotus Cortina and the BMW 1800TI. Depending on the number of corners on the track, the Minis are often much faster too!
This 2000 Mini Cooper in absolutely ‘as new’ condition gives you a taste of the action that the little British icon showed in rallies and races - both on beautiful winding roads and in busy city centers. The brilliant design of the original Mini from 1959 still shows its qualities.
Make an appointment with Peet Classics to come and admire this Mini Cooper with your own eyes.