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At Mini Sport, we pride ourselves on our expertise and knowledge in the restoration and conversion of historic and classic cars. Across five decades and three generations we have been able to restore hundreds of Mini’s back to their former glory; retaining the original parts to ensure that we keep the authenticity of classic Minis alive.

Our back catalogue covers an eclectic array of Mini’s and other classic cars with restoration projects from across the globe. However, with a passionate ethos to keep all Minis’ alive and kicking – we always enjoy the most humble of restorations. Our most recent project has been a Black Cooper RSP, which came to us looking a little worst for wear.

Now a little about the Mini Cooper RSP model. Introduced in 1990 this Mini was intended to re-introduce the Mini Cooper to the booming Mini range. Designed by John Cooper; the RSP was the first Cooper to be released in 19 years. Following a brief series of Cooper conversions on the 998cc Mini Rose, Sky and Flames, The Rover Group and Graham Day, Managing Director of Rover contacted John Cooper with a new idea. They decided that the MG Metro 1275cc engine would be put into the Mini 30 type interior; along with a few modified parts and accessories; including bonnet stripes, oil cooler, sun-roof, tinted glass and leather seats.

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From this the Mini Cooper RSP (Rover Special Products) was developed, with just 1650 built and 600 shipped across the globe, the Cooper RSP was an instant sell-out, which determined a continuous spot in production for a Cooper model until production ceased in 2000.

This model, owned by Alaine came in for a little TLC in our Body Shop & Spray Centre – with a full body restoration needed and a new respray to completely transform it. See below for the restoration process.

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The Cooper has been fitted with a tow t0 pull a caravan and underwent a full MOT before leaving our garage. Scrubs up well doesn’t it! If you’d like more details on the Mini Sport Bodyshop & Spray centre, be sure to visit our site here.


 

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