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Lot 224: Austin Mini Cooper S 1275cc

Cars & Motorcycles, Historics at Brooklands (26 May 2012)

Designed by Alex Issigonis in 1959, a new concept in car design was born. With a monocoque shell, transversely mounted engine and front wheel drive, the new 'Mini', as it was commonly known, soon became popular across a broad spectrum of the population. The potential for competition use was soon seen by John Cooper, and although Alex Issigonis was less keen, BMC were finally persuaded by John Cooper and the two worked together culminating in the birth of the Austin Mini Cooper and the Morris Mini Cooper in 1961. The S had a 1071cc engine with a strengthened bottom end to allow for further tuning. Victories in the 1964, 1965 and 1967 Monte Carlo Rallies set the Mini on the road to fame but probably the greatest publicity was gained from their (somewhat unfair) disqualification for lighting irregularities in the 1966 event after coming in 1st, 2nd and 3rd. First registered on the 23rd April 1971, this is one of the last Mk. III's off the production line from which only 1572 were manufactured. Between 1991 and 1994, this example had a full body and mechanical rebuild including the engine, carburettors, clutch and brakes amongst many other items, details of which are all listed. The body was also stripped to bare metal with the doors, front wings, bonnet and 'A' panels all being replaced. The coachwork was finished in Tartan Red with a white roof to give the Mini the feel and looks of the earlier Coopers. The seats were originally blue plastic but were replaced with black leather; more in keeping with the colour scheme. The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust confirms that this Cooper S was manufactured on the 24th March 1971 and as evidenced within the history file, they also confirm that a Gold Seal replacement 1275cc (38G-464-RS) Mini Cooper S engine was installed which is still in the vehicle today. Upon viewing, the car looks resplendent in its red and white livery and is complemented by a fresh looking set of five Minator alloy wheels and new tyres. An inspection of the engine bay shows it to be in excellent order with twin SU carburettors fitted along with a brake servo for stopping power. The engine starts easily and displays excellent oil pressure while the interior leather work is excellent and is complemented by a wood rim Moto-Lita steering wheel. An original Mini Cooper S handbook accompanies the car as well as an MoT test certificate valid until mid-December 2012, this Mini Cooper S is ready to be enjoyed on the road immediately.

Lot Details
Auction Cars & Motorcycles
Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands
TypeCar
Lot Number224
Estimate£12000-£18000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1971
Condition rating
Registration numberGHM 51J
Mileage-
Chassis numberXAD1364104A
Engine number65905
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2