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1990 Rover Mini RSP


The Mini Cooper RSP was introduced in 1990. The car was the brainchild of the original creator of the Mini Cooper, John Cooper. He'd been selling Cooper conversions in boxes to mainly Japanese customers and he did a conversion on a few Mini Rose/Sky and Flames in 998cc form. The Rover Group, and more Graham Day, the Rover MD, asked John Cooper to come into Longbridge one day to tell him that they liked what he'd been doing to the Mini and what did he think should be done next. The result was that the Mini was sent to Rover Special Products and they decided to put the MG Metro 1275cc engine in with the Mini 30 type interior and a few special other bits, this is now known as the Mini Cooper RSP or sometimes LE (for limited edition). 1650 RSP Coopers were built, 600 going to other countries like Japan, Germany and South Africa, while the remaining 1050 stayed in Britain.

Offered here is one of the 1,050 RHD units made with just 77.000 miles recorded and finished in the rare combination of black with white roof and white Cooper stripes. The interior is the black Cooper RSP trim with half leather. The specification included sunroof, Philips stereo, twin driving lights, and colour coded  wheel arches.

The Mini was purchased new on the 24th August 1990 by a company based in Swinton, Manchester from Manchester Rover dealer, Ashmall &Parkinson Limited. It was owned for circa 12 months before changing into the hands of Miss Michelle T Hammersley in Hyde. The car then continued to have two further owners. 

Supplied with a very large history folder in which contains many, if not all?, previously issued MOT certificates, previous logbooks and a host of service and parts invoices.

The car also has the original plastic wallet in which contains the Rover handbook, service book, in which there are 12 stamps and the original radio handbook.

Spare keys are also in the folder.

A sensibly guided RSP !

*NOTE* The vendor has if required the original parts for the car. These include the following.

Minilite wheels, Dash & instrument binnacle Mirrors, Gear Knob & Side indicator repeaters.

Here to be viewed now.

We are open 7 days a week here at Thornton Le-dale for pre-sale viewing, although a quick phone call prior to travelling is advised.

Thank you


  • Lot Number: 6
  • Year: 1990
  • Make: Rover
  • Model: Mini RSP
  • Registration: MIL3020
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive: Front Wheel Drive
  • Engine Size: 1275
  • Current Milometer Reading: 77.000
  • MOT Expiry Date: 18-09-2016
  • Estimate: £6500 ~ £7500