View Full Version : "Entity" - Sander's classic Mini Cooper 1.3i

11-13-2007, 12:02 PM
Quite a good idea, a special members rides forum :)

My fourth car up till now is a real historic model: a classic Mini Cooper 1.3i. It's not so much a real classic, as it's built in 1995, but it's still the classic model, a real Mini (not a BMW Mini, which really isn't so Mini if you look at it).

I've never been into Mini's much, but my best friend has been for years. He's currently at his third (and best) Mini, a 1.3 Cooper. I've joined him regularly on meetings or tourings with clubs. Personally, I've always preferred more modern and faster cars, like my previous ones (I've owned 2 Peugeot 106 1.6 Rallye's, a very nice, small hot hatch), right up until a weekend in september this year. Again, I joined my friend on a weekend with a Mini club, where almost a hundred Mini's gathered for a weekend of camping, fun, touring and partying. It was that weekend I got struck with a Mini virus (which was probably already in my veines for a while)...

So, a couple of weeks later, I found a buyer for my 106 Rallye (a collegue bought it :)), and I bought my Mini Cooper 1.3i, built in 1995. It's an SPI model, singe point injection, which were introduced in the mid-90s. Later, at the end of the 90s up to 2001 (last year of production), a multi point injection model was introduced, but those are still very expensive.

My Cooper, nicknamed "Entity", is a green "35 Anniversary" model, very complete with wider wheel arches, wooden dash, wooden steering wheel, full leather interior, central locking and alarm. It's in pretty good technical condition, and overall good optical state, except for some details.

I've had the car for over a month now and I've very happy with it. Driving a Mini is a sensation I'd recommend everyone to try. The car is bigger than it looks, it goes round bends as if it's tied to the center of the corner with a rope (well, except when it's wet, I've already accidently drifted it on a roundabout). The whole experience is great and most people respect the car on the road. The top speed is around 150kmh (90mph), fast enough for a car like this. It does 0-60mph in around 13 seconds, which isn't all that bad either.


11-13-2007, 08:01 PM
Such a cool little car, I bet it's a hoot to drive around in. I like those wheels too, forgot what they're called now but they suit the car well.

GM Lover
11-13-2007, 08:33 PM
That is damn nice Sander.

11-18-2007, 11:04 AM
That's bloody awesome! When I go to autocross, I see a light blue 1.3i there and actually drove the car; its so damn fun to dive!

11-20-2007, 08:59 AM
love it..

and Dutch number plates!

11-20-2007, 02:44 PM
im not sure if any of you guys figured this out yet, but i am a reall mini fanboy!
Sander, this looks like a little gem! I sure hope you can get it into as good a condition as your little ole peugeot was.
Regards Tom

11-20-2007, 03:44 PM
haha it's you just need to swap a 350 and make it a mid-engine ;)

I bet it is real fun to drive around in and that shade of green is sex.

Rally Master
11-20-2007, 10:02 PM
Sander is obviously bad-*** in this car.

11-21-2007, 02:56 PM
I love Mini Coopers, they are so cool.

Any modification plans in your head, Sander? ;)

11-21-2007, 03:42 PM
I love Mini Coopers, they are so cool.

Any modification plans in your head, Sander? ;)

In my head? Quite a lot. In my wallet? Not so much on short notice :D

Some parts need respraying (roof, wheel arches), and some details need to be worked on, that's my major goal for the upcoming year... Later on I am considering different rims, different exhaust and some modest engine tuning (exhaust manifold, air filter, things like that).

12-08-2007, 03:45 AM
Last week I started at a new job, which is about 50km from where I live. At first I wanted to use the Mini on a daily basis, but after doing some longer trips, it was clear to me that a Mini isn't always that practical. Not only that, it's not very economical either, it does almost 8l of expensive fuel (BP Ultimate or equivalent) every 100km. So I needed something cheaper to run and maybe a bit more comfortable. And here it is, accompanied by my Mini offcourse:

It's a 205 1.8 diesel from 1992. It was cheap to buy and it is cheap to run (it does only 5l of diesel every 100km, I can reach around 800km on a full tank!), and it should be very reliable.

So far it's been a joy driving it. It has very comfortable seats, is not as loud inside as the Mini and generally drives like a charm. It's got pretty soft suspension, not good for cornering speed, but it is good for comfort and speedbumps aren't as much as a problem as they are in the Mini :P

12-10-2007, 09:28 AM
Nice Peugeot. It's kind of hard to me to believe that it was cheap, because it looks almost in a prefect condition (From what I can see from those photos).

Since it's a diesel... throw a turbo in it. :P
Just kidding...

12-10-2007, 10:10 AM
looks like the cheapest red factory paint ive ever seen :)

- Rick.

Rally Master
12-10-2007, 10:44 AM
Do you plan on doing any performance mods to that 205? :P

12-10-2007, 10:51 AM
Hehe, de 205 is only for daily usage. It will only get standard maintainance, no more, no less :P

And it's far from perfect (even got a dent in the right side door and panel behind it), but considering it's age (15 years), it's not all that bad. And all that for 900 euro's :D

12-10-2007, 11:57 AM
we had one of those and turned it into a van, ours was a turbo model and went like shit off a stick

GM Lover
12-10-2007, 03:41 PM
That is an ugly Pug Sander lol.

@Rick: Why are you always insulting paint? First you insult the color of my car now Sanders. :P

I wouldn't mind if my Buick was that color at all.

12-11-2007, 12:16 PM
Well, it is cheap paint, most 205's of this age, with this paint, are all pink now. Mine isn't though, it looks like it's been treated properly, both inside and out.

And all that for only 900 euro's :D

12-11-2007, 05:02 PM
How many dollars is 900 euros?

Rally Master
12-11-2007, 11:15 PM
The all-knowing Google tells me that 1 Euro = 1.4679 U.S. dollars
900 * 1.4679 = 1321.11 USD

02-22-2008, 02:20 PM
Been a while since I posted here, but I have an update on the Mini: it's up for sale... I'm going back to Peugeot. Used to have a 106 Rallye (small, no luxury, but pretty fast and a lot of fun to drive), but now I'm going for the 205 Rallye, basicly the predecessor of the 106 Rallye. The 205 Rallye is even lighter, has a great engine (only 1.3 litres, but with double Weber carbs, pushing out just over 100bhp and sounding extremely good).

Once I have the 205, I'll open up a topic on it, but here's a preview on what a 205 Rallye looks like (this one is not mine):

02-22-2008, 05:30 PM
Damn. If its lightweight and good handling you're after, you'll probably end up getting a Lotus Exige someday :P (despite being much more expensive and impractical)

But IMO, if you can really find a 205 that suits your needs, go for it. :)

02-22-2008, 07:39 PM
WHy are you selling the Mini already? didnt you just get that?

02-23-2008, 01:43 AM
WHy are you selling the Mini already? didnt you just get that?

Yes, I've had it since october. I like the car, it's fun to drive, but it just isn't my thing. I used to have more fun in the 106 Rallye.

Damn. If its lightweight and good handling you're after, you'll probably end up getting a Lotus Exige someday :P (despite being much more expensive and impractical)

But IMO, if you can really find a 205 that suits your needs, go for it. :)

The Elise/Exige is definately high up (if not on top of) my cars-to-get-someday list :) But at the moment it's too expensive and I'd need a garage (wouldn't want to park it outside all the time). But I'll definately get one someday. Not sure if I would get the Elise or the Exige, the Elise is a bit more civilised, more suited for cruising (especially with it's open top), where the Exige is hardcore and more of a trackday car.

02-23-2008, 01:54 PM
Well, the Mini is such a nice little car but this change is for good I think. And by the way, I kind of miss of seeing pictures of your 106, heh.

On other hand, are those Weber 40-40 carburetors? :D

03-01-2008, 07:31 AM
It's now officially sold... I'm gonna mis it, but I'm not gonna regret it...

This is a good candidate for my next car:

It would need some interior work, as it's a little too 'racy' for me, but that's not a big deal really. It looks superb and according to the current owner, it's in good shape.

It's for sale in Germany, so I'd have to import it to the Netherlands, but that shouldn't be a problem.

03-01-2008, 07:56 AM
are you aware that this is your 242424253589034503495th car??

if its in germany, want me to help you?

- Rick.

03-01-2008, 07:59 AM
Not sure about the number of cars, I think I've lost track at 532405645623 cars :mrgreen:

Thanks for the offer though! The current owner does speak English, so that shouldn't be a big problem.

03-01-2008, 10:09 AM
Waheey back to the Peugeot fold :)

03-01-2008, 10:43 AM
I miss lightweight nimble cars. :(

03-01-2008, 11:00 AM
Unfortunately, the Rallye I showed pictures of has been sold recently, so I'll need to continue my search. Not to worry, there are enough options :)

03-01-2008, 02:51 PM
succes ermee :)

good luck :)

03-27-2008, 07:17 AM
*Update time*

Just over a week ago I came across a Peugeot 205 1.3 Rallye (800kgs and just over 100bhp with double Weber carbs! The sound is extremely good :D) in the Netherlands... In pretty good condition as well! So I went to see the car on Saturday and after some consideration, I bought the car!

Will be picking it up next Saturday - the car needs some work, but the base is very good and it has only done 95000km (about 60000 miles) in 20 years, pretty unique.

This is currently the best pic I have:

Will post a new topic next week about the car, when I start working on it :)