there is a common myth in the mini community that the wheels fitted to the RSP cooper are unique to the model and some how special. well the letter mentioned above puts a very different view on the story so lets have a look at the facts....
this is the life and times of the rover Minilite style Alloy.
OK, here's the letter (cut and paste for clarity).....
it clearly states in the letter that the stud holes were moved from the "in-line with the spokes" position to the "between the spokes" position due to them failing the UK oblique impact tests which caused slight cracking around the bolt holes.
the later design was also a little larger around the hub area and carried a JWL logo on the rim.
here are the two wheels types together. the early style is on the left and the later style on the right....
and this is the JWL logo on the rim..
I'm finding it very hard to believe that only 500 wheels were made to the original design as these were standard fitment on the Mini 30 (3000 cars), the second generation racing/flame models (2500 cars), and the RSP cooper (1650 cars).
this gives a total of 7150 cars. each with four wheels which makes at least 28.600 wheels of the original design. 35,750 if these models had an alloy spare !!!!
so already we can see that the early style wheels is not unique to the RSP, is not particulally rare and due to the fact that it has a possibility of cracking, certainly not worth any more than the later style !!!
Edited by THE ANORAK, 29 March 2008 - 01:04 PM.