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Rover Mini - Styling


On the exterior, a revised badging strategy features the word 'Mini' within the traditional three-dimensional chrome 'wings' badge. A neat and stylish new roof-mounted radio aerial and a revised colour range firmly identify this Mini from its predecessors.

Cabin ambience

Taking the interior luxury theme of recent Mayfair's and Coopers even further, the latest Mini and Mini Cooper benefit from many attractive new features.


A new sports style steering wheel (derived from the MGF) not only looks and feels better, but brings the safety of airbag technology to the Mini for the first time. The new steering column incorporates the latest design of column stalks with both lights and wiper switching - intermittent wipe becomes a new Mini feature.

A new leather-clad gear knob and a chromed gear lever invite swift and precise ratio changes. Chrome bezels around the instrument dials evoke memories of the classic sixties.

Another two 'firsts' for the Mini are the adoption of a foam-backed cloth headlining and a new one-piece moulded floor carpet. These both heighten the quality feel of the cabin and, importantly, contribute to much-improved acoustics.

Easing access to the rear seats are new 'break-back' front seat squabs, which can be released to fold forward, in addition to offering the normal reclining adjustment. Based on the front seat design of the new Rover 200, these new squabs taper towards the top, enhancing the perception of interior spaciousness - enthusiasts will also find them reminiscent of the original 1960's Mini Cooper optional reclining seat design, with 1990's levels of comfort.

A further detail improvement that will be welcomed by owners is a new two-speed heater fan, allowing more precise control of heating and ventilation.

Moving upmarket does not make the Mini any less practical, however. There are still handy door bins, a lidded glove box and the rear quarter bins that safely stow awkward items such as bottles or flasks. There is also a surprising amount of stowage space beneath the rear seat pan.


Sheer individuality

Mini is a car for people who spend considerable sums on 'customising'. Nowhere is this better recognised than in the new range of options and accessories now being offered with the 1997 Minis. True Mini aficionados will find this carefully chosen selection quite irresistible.

Factory options

The most radical innovation is the 'Sports Pack' - made up as follows:

13 inch ultra-sporting 6J 'Minilite Style' alloy-wheels with 175/50 R13 tyres
Special faired-in and body-coloured wheel arch spats to suit the wide tyres
Koni shock absorbers
Four front auxiliary lamps
Large bore chrome tailpipe finisher
Extra facia gauges for oil temperature and battery condition
Battery condition gauge
Oil temperature gauge

The new alloy wheels are a modern interpretation of the existing sports alloy wheel but using a wider and larger wheel size in conjunction with Koni shock absorbers to enhance the road handling.

The special wheel arch spats are not simply a 'bolt-on' fitment - they involve skilled body-in-white modification and are hand-crafted. The 13 inch wheels and ultra-low profile tyres cannot be fitted without this and other work being carried out to maintain correct clearances.

The Sports Pack creates a dramatic appearance and enhances handling and grip. The extra aerodynamic drag of the wide tyres reduces top speed to around 84 mph.

Other factory options for the 1997 Minis include:

Wood veneer door cappings to complement the veneer facia
Electric folding full-length canvas sunroof
'Engine-turned' alloy facia panel
'Cooper' Black leather trim
'Luxury' Beige leather trim
Special Option 'Classic' leather trim in 'retro' 1960's Mini interior trim colours: Porcelain Green, Horizon Blue, Cumulus Grey, Tartan Red,
Special Option 'Classic' Paint colours - again well-known favourites from the 1960s: Almond Green (as used on the Cooper 35 Special Edition), Surf Blue, Whitehall Beige, Yukon Grey

Desirable accessories

Never have Mini buyers had such a wide array of high quality approved accessories. They can now mix and match to create their own uniquely identified Mini, following whatever theme they prefer. In total, 37 different personalising items can be specified. For example, retro enthusiasts might choose the perfect finishing touch of a 1960s-style grille to go with a 'Classic' paint and trim combination. 'Thoroughly modern' Mini buyers may choose high-tech treatment, with 'chrome' wheel arches complementing one of the special alloy wheel sets. The natural extroverts may opt for a striking decal treatment, such as the chequered roof panel. The potential is bounded only by imagination and budget, and, of course, the personalisation process can continue right through the customer's ownership of the car.


Body colour Spats for 13" wheels
'Chrome' spats with chrome sill strip
Driving lamps
Fog lamps

Chrome pack 1

Retro style chrome grille
Front bumper over-riders
Front corner nudge bars

Chrome pack 2

Chrome wiper arms
Chrome door mirrors
Chrome tail-pipe finisher


Union Jack roof decal
Chequered roof decal
"Zipper" side stripe decal
Chequered bonnet stripes
Range of additional badges


Electric powered glass sunroof
Electric powered full-length canvas sunroof


12" Sports style - Silver, Charcoal or White
12" Premium style
12" Revolution 5 spoke
13" Revolution 5 spoke
13" Sports style

Interior Pack

Leather header rail
Leather parcel shelf finisher
Leather steering wheel
Leather hand brake grip
Leather gear knob

Alloy Pack

Alloy door pulls
Alloy door releases
Alloy window winders

Wood Pack

Wood door cappings
Wood door pulls
Wood door releases
Wood window winders

Other interior

'Momo' alloy gear knob
Wood gear knob
Wood facia
Alloy facia

Engine dressing

Polished rocker cover
Sump guard

Expanded standard range of paint colours

Colour choices from Rover's contemporary paint range rise from seven to eleven for 1997; the car wears the latest designer colours.

Solid: Flame Red, White Diamond, Electric Blue
Metallic: Charcoal, Platinum Silver, Kingfisher Blue, British Racing Green
Pearlescent: Nightfire Red, Tahiti Blue, Amaranth( Purple), Volcano (Orange)