These highly collectible Mini Racing Flames were released in a limited edition of 5000 to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Mini, and are now themselves more than 30 years old. As the photos show, this one has been exceptionally well looked after. It comes with full service history as proof.
The car has only covered 33,000 miles, and everything is detailed in a considerable history file.
The exterior shows the car has clearly been garaged for most and very likely all of its life, with excellent bodywork throughout, and details such as the outstanding chromework, pristine sill trims and rubber seals are all testimony to the fabulous condition of the car. The car’s unmarked alloy wheels add to its sporty character.
The underside is also in cracking condition and plenty of sharp uncorroded edges. The engine bay is clean and tidy, its various stickers and plaques almost like new.
Inside, everything is in similarly excellent order. The door cards are immaculate and the special edition ‘Black Crayon’ seats are beautiful – there is no wear to them.
The car still bears its original Philips radio cassette player, and other features include upholstered front seat head rests, front and rear seatbelts, heated rear windscreen, and the original soft-feel steering wheel. In fact, the car has a lot of nice touches which people take for granted nowadays but which were a bonus on the original Minis, right down to water and oil pressure gauges and the locking fuel filler cap.
The 998cc engine runs very smooth and clean, as you would expect from a car with so few miles on it – and gives 42mpg around town, though still well capable of 80mph-plus. Thus this Mini keeps pace with modern traffic effortlessly.
The 4-speed gearbox gives smooth, responsive changes, and overall the car drives magnificently. Anyone who has ever driven a Mini knows how much fun they are to drive, and by 1989 telescopic dampers, rack-and-pinion steering, and power-assisted brakes all meant that this iteration of the Mini was as much fun cornering as the car ever was.
This special edition Mini Racing Flame is a marvellously-preserved example of a car which always has been a classic and always will be, and with only 33,000 miles covered, a great investment to be enjoyed.
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