News : Harold Musgrove’s Mini Cooper up for auction

The 1995 Mini Cooper 1.3i owned by Harold Musgrove is going up for auction at the upcoming Brightwells’ Bicester Classic & Vintage sale on 10 April 2019. It was owned from new by the former Chairman of Austin Rover (1982-1986), and was taken to Rover Special Projects for final prep to make sure everything was spic and span before it was handed over to the then-ex-company boss.

The car has only 11,558 miles on the clock and has a fully-documented MoT history. Harold Musgrove is 95 now and has not used the car much in the past few years, having covered just 3500 miles during the past 13 years. It’s recently been MoT’d until February 2020 and passed with no advisory notices. The auction estimate is £4500-6000.

It has a full leather interior, rosewood fascia and wider Minilite-type wheels. The car is finished in Tahiti Blue metallic with a contrasting white roof. The car lived at and was used sparingly from Harold’s holiday home in Cornwall. If you’re interested in having a closer look at this very interesting Mini, Brightwells is having an auction viewing day at Bicester Heritage on 9 April.


Keith Adams


  1. Could be undervalued given the mileage and RSP finessing but it needs at least a new back bumper and there have been lots of advisories for items which have arisen surprisingly early and some of them should have been spotted prior to MOT test submission.

  2. Good to hear Harold Musgrove is still around. I met him at the press launch of the SD3 range in 1984 when he would be 61? I’m just over that age now – how time flies…

    His Mini Cooper looks very desirable, Tahiti blue was the colour of my own Rover HHR400 – nice

  3. Didnt think there was a full leather option in 1995 on the Cooper, thought that came in with the 1996 twinpoint injection upgrade, but then as an ex cahirman and a car going through RSP its not surprising that a few upgrades were applied. THats a very reasonable reserve for a car with such low mileage and providence.

    • They did start having some nice extras available with the SPI Mini around 1995 – there was a brochure that was very similar to the mpi one that appeared the following year – including various options including the leather shown here.

  4. It doesn’t have “wider Minilite type wheels” it has the completely standard 4.5×12 sized wheels that were fitted to almost every Mini from 1984 onwards! However it is wearing the wider 165/60 tyres. Yes I’m a Mini anorak!

  5. I wonder if he ever put his own money into any of his “world beaters” – Maestro/Montego/800?

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