DT: 1996 Rover Mini Cabriolet 4-Speed

Available for auction is this 1996 Rover Mini Cabriolet finished in Nightfire Red over a custom grey leather interior. Launched at the 1992 NEC Motor Show, the Rover Mini Cabriolet featured an open roof and extensive body strengthening to maintain its structural rigidity. The Cabriolets were produced on the same assembly line as the fixed roof variants and as such did not receive a unique run of VIN numbers, however, 1,081 examples are believed to have been produced according to the BMW archive. This 1996 example was acquired by the seller from its second owner in Italy and was subsequently imported into the U.S. It features a 1.3L inline-four cylinder engine, a color-matched body kit with fender flares, a custom grey quilted leather interior, a Moto-Lita steering wheel, Minilite wheels, and more. It is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Maryland while showing just under 38k kilometers (24k miles) on its odometer.

In order to maintain structural rigidity when removing the fixed roof, Rover reinforced the seat cross member, A-panel, and added a wider door sill over the existing sill providing an additional box section. This example is finished in Nightfire Red with gold pinstripes and a matching red manually retractable soft top. It comes equipped with a factory 12-piece bodykit including fender flares and front and rear fog lamps. The seller notes that the finish on this example remains very nicely preserved and has provided a collection of detailed images for reference. It rides on a set of 13” Minilite wheels dressed in Nanokano all-season tires.

Inside, the front bucket and rear bench seating feature custom diamond stitched inserts and burgundy piping, and the dashboard and door panels have been upholstered in matching leather. Features include new black carpets and floor mats, a wood-rimmed three-spoke Moto-Lita steering wheel, a wooden shift knob, polished door sill plates, a heater, roll-up windows, an analog VDO clock, and a Clarion digital AM/FM CD sound system.

Power comes from a 1,275cc inline four-cylinder engine with 10.1:1 compression and single-point fuel injection. The front wheels are driven by way of a close-ratio 4-speed manual transaxle. The Mini features four-wheel independent suspension, quick ratio rack and pinion steering, and power disc brakes. The seller states that the car has been well maintained and serviced throughout its life and adds that upon acquiring the car a full service and inspection were carried out.

This sale will include owner’s books and a clean title.

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  • jbauto (registered bidder) 1 week, 6 daysago

    D.O.D.O. if you have a big Yacht!!

  • mtgYACHt 1 week, 6 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $25,000

  • Mortaldrift 1 week, 6 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $23,999

  • Norman58 1 week, 6 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $21,250

  • jbauto (registered bidder) 1 week, 6 daysago

    No sense building one. Just buy this thing. Cute as a Button. Top looks good. GL

  • mtgYACHt 1 week, 6 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $21,000

  • Mortaldrift 1 week, 6 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $19,999

  • Alfadriver 1 week, 6 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $17,500

  • rrysedorph 1 week, 6 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $15,500

  • Alfadriver 1 week, 6 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $13,500

  • EuropeanC 1 week, 6 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $13,000

  • Alfadriver 1 week, 6 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $12,500

  • MBmotorsports 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $11,750

  • rrysedorph 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $11,500

  • Yitzbud (seller) 2 weeks, 1 dayago

    @Psuluke yes I am a dealer and this is one of my inventoried vehicles. I am not sure that you did not see some of the picture from inside my showroom.

  • EuropeanC 2 weeks, 1 dayago

    Bid in the amount of $11,000

  • PCARMARKET 2 weeks, 2 daysago

    Additional content has been added to the gallery for this listing.

  • Yitzbud (seller) 2 weeks, 5 daysago

    @FORMULAONE i will upload them tomorrow

  • FORMULAONE (registered bidder) 2 weeks, 5 daysago

    Please ADD a few photos illustrating how the TOP getting secured
    and/or latched with the front windshield area

  • FORMULAONE 2 weeks, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $10,000

  • EuropeanC 2 weeks, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $7,000

  • PCARMARKET 2 weeks, 5 daysago

    Additional content has been added to the gallery for this listing.

  • Yitzbud (seller) 2 weeks, 5 daysago

    I have uploaded pictures with the top up and they should be populating soon.

  • Yitzbud (seller) 2 weeks, 5 daysago

    @zollerm I will have them uploaded soon

  • zollerm (registered bidder) 2 weeks, 5 daysago

    May we see some photos with the top up? Thank you.

  • Hoomski 2 weeks, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $5,500

  • FORMULAONE 2 weeks, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $5,000

  • jbauto (registered bidder) 2 weeks, 5 daysago

    Oh Man, this thing looks great. Just perfect for a Sunny day with those white Diamond stitched seats. Great for show or bumming around on a Sunday. GL

  • audios22 (registered bidder) 2 weeks, 5 daysago

    Great looking example. Don't see many Rover Mini's. GLTTWB

  • Yitzbud (seller) 2 weeks, 5 daysago

    @zollerm the mini has 62 HP

  • zollerm (registered bidder) 2 weeks, 5 daysago

    Horsepower?

  • rrysedorph 2 weeks, 6 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $2,000

  • Yitzbud (seller) 2 weeks, 6 daysago

    Thank you for looking at this fantastic 1996 Mini Convertible! This is a rare car and is ready to go with a US title. We had the interior all custom finished in Italy before it came to the US. GLWTA everyone!

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DT: 1996 Rover Mini Cabriolet 4-Speed
Buy Now: $37,500 Final Bid: $25,000
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