MINI ONE (R50) Project - Classics World

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MINI ONE (R50) Project - Classics World

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"Inspired by a true icon, the R50 MINI is fast becoming a classic in its own right. But how does it stack up as a project car?
Say hello to 'Classics World' latest project car: a 2000 R50 MINI One. As an early example of the car that took the Mini nameplate into the 21st Century, the R50 MINI is fast becoming a modern classic – and one that’s far cheaper to buy than the car that inspired it.
We’ve taken our R50 MINI on board to see how a cheap early example of BMW’s MINI stacks up as an ownership proposition. Our Y-reg car cost just over £400 at auction in 2020, albeit with an MoT due and some issues to take care of.
During the assessment we also checked to see if this MINI One has the hallmarks of an early model. The most collectible MINIs have the Y-registration ending with the letters ‘OBL’, so our car is never going to be in that league. Instead, it has a build date of May 2001 and is car number 276 according to its VIN.
Here, we’ll chronicle our experiences with our MINI One as the project progresses. Keep an eye out for the latest additions."
https://classicsworld.co.uk/projects/mi ... oject-car/

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love them or hate them there is no doubt they will become more sought after as time goes on as the Millennials or Gen Z remember getting taken to school or their parents having one.
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I posted last year about my 19-year-old son buying an R53 supercharged Cooper S 170hp for £2600 (less than a billet crank for the A-series)
Since then he's tuned it to 240hp (cam, reduced pully, bigger intercooler, injectors, exhaust, re-map) and thoroughly worked the suspension and brakes to end up with a fantastic track weapon. All done by him except for the re-map - who says modern (electronic age) cars can't be DIY modified?
R53 prices are stable and starting to rise.

Like them or not, the similarities with the classic mini tuning world are remarkable.

There's an R53 club track day at Blyton in June where Ben's running his car but they've kindly agreed to let me run my '66 Cooper S Rally Car too
:D :D :D
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Agree the prices of the R53 MINIs especially early ones in good clean standard condition, is really start to climb, still some nice examples available for good prices but of course an ever reducing number.
The '02 S Register' are hoping to have a stand at Beaulieu this year.
https://02sregister.co.uk/
"The 02 S Register is for those who own or have an interest in BMW MINI Cooper S models built in 2002.
Your MINI does not have to be on an 02 plate, as 52 plates were issued in 2002."
https://www.facebook.com/groups/02SRegister
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I did the 2001 Mini Europe Rally in a silver Cooper borrowed from BMW GB, RV51ZVY. The car still exists and thus is the first MINI used in competition. :lol:

I wonder what condition it's in?
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Various motoring press spyshots from back in 1999 show some of the disguised New MINI prototypes (registered as Rovers) out testing with N & P reg year letter prefix registrations below:-

The DVLA website search gives the following details on these prototype MINI's :-
N735 FYB - Rover MINI - First registered 11 Sep 1998 - 1589cc - White - last taxed until 1 Mar 2000.
N279 NWS - Rover - First registered 11 Sep 1998 - 1589cc - Green - last taxed until 1 Sep 2000. (Export)
N216 FYA - Rover - First registered 21 Jan 1999 - 1588cc - Grey - last taxed until 28 July 2000.
N952 OMR - Rover - First registered 13 Oct 1999 - 1588cc - Black - last taxed until 01 Oct 2000.
P375 YAE - Rover - First registered 13 Sep 1999 - 1588cc - Black - last taxed until 01 Jan 2002.
P489 AHR - Rover - First registered 15 Nov 1999 - 1588cc - Black - last taxed until 01 Nov 2000.

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