Launched in October 1992, the limited edition 'Italian Job' sought to capitalise on the enduring popularity of the eponymous 1969 motion picture starring Michael Caine, in which the Mini Cooper played a central role. Although styled like the contemporary Cooper, the Italian Job made do with the standard 50bhp, 1,275cc engine rather than the former's fuel-injected 63bhp unit. Special features included bonnet stripes, spoked alloy wheels, white-painted grille, twin driving lamps, colour-matched external mirrors, black bumpers, tinted glass and, of course, a unique 'Italian Job' bonnet badge. The latter also adorned the three-spoke steering wheel that complemented the Black Tweed interior trim and Mini Mayfair instrument pack. 1,000 cars were made for the UK market and a further 750 for Italy.
This Mini Italian Job was supplied new to its first (lady) owner via main agent Wadham Kenning Rover and had covered 31,000 miles when she offered it for sale at auction in December 2007. Purchased then by the current vendor, the Mini was used for a while before being swapped for another, and then repurchased. Used sparingly, it has covered 64,500 miles from new and is described as in generally good condition. Recent works, undertaken in April 2014, include fitting a new radiator, brake discs, front wheel bearings and chromed bumpers. Currently forming part of a large private collection that is being reduced, the car is offered with sundry bills, current road fund licence, MoT to April 2015 and V5C registration document. The original black bumpers come with it.