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January 2007 Registered, Is It An R56 ?

Hello All

In the market for a cooper 1.6 (non s) for the wife and myself.

She is quite particular and requires the car to be automatic, low miles and would much prefer an R56.

I have read the R56 automatic’s have the improved aisin gearbox which is a better drive compared with the previous generation.

I am based in the UK and have seen one advertised which is a registered in January 2007 but on a 56 plate. It fits the spec as in auto and low miles. However im unsure if it’s a R56 or the previous generation.

Can anyone confirm if a Jan 2007 UK registered cooper would be an R56, and would this month/year have the aisin automatic gearbox?

Thanks all the replies in advance.

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If the speedo sits under the top of the dash it is not a r56 if it sits slightly above it then it is.

If the front indicators are not in the head lamps it is not a r56 if they do it is.
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Thanks to all, I would have used the vin checker but dont have the vin to hand. Pretty certain now that its an R56, as you can see from the pics.

Just wondering now how much of a job it would be to remove those stripes and roof decal, black car and all. Hopefully it would simply be removal and buffing without any need for paint repairs.
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Sometimes some gentle heat from a hair dryer helps but sometimes old sun baked vinyl comes off in small pieces and can be a long job. Also paint may have faded but not under vinyl so hard to tell until you try a test area.
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Thanks to all, I would have used the vin checker but dont have the vin to hand. Pretty certain now that its an R56, as you can see from the pics.

Just wondering now how much of a job it would be to remove those stripes and roof decal, black car and all. Hopefully it would simply be removal and buffing without any need for paint repairs.

Yes its an R56 and removing the stickers will take some time and you can never be sure what is hidden underneath them. If it helps i like them.
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