A NEW APPROACH IN AN AGE OLD BUSINESS+44 (0) 1926 691 141
Estimate: £22,000 - £27,000
+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%
The Mark I Mini, produced between 1959 and 1967, was the first version of British Motor Corporation's Mini. It is characterised by its sliding windows, external door hinges and "moustache" grille. In the United Kingdom the Mark I was produced between 1959 and 1967. John Cooper, owner of the Cooper Car Company and Formula One Manufacturers Champion in 1959 and 1960, saw the potential of the little car, and after some experimentation and testing, he and Sir Alec Issigonis, the BMC designer responsible for the Mini, collaborated to create a nimble, economical, and inexpensive car. As well as a 997cc engine meeting Group 2 Rally homologation guidelines, a shorter stroke 998cc unit was introduced before a more powerful Mini Cooper, dubbed the "S", was developed in tandem and released in 1963. Featuring a 1071 cc engine and larger disc brakes, 4,030 Cooper S's were produced and sold until the 1071 model was deleted in August 1964. Cooper also produced two models specifically for circuit racing, rated at 970 cc and 1275 cc, both of which were also offered to the public. The latter 1275cc engine is present in the car offered here making it one of the most desirable 'last-of-line' Cooper S Mark I variants. As confirmed by its Heritage Certificate this car was built June 1st 1967 in left hand drive specification for export to North America, and finished in Old English White with a Black roof. The attractive colour scheme remains, but following significant expenditure the car available here is now a potent race and rally entrant with winning potential and current FIA Competition Touring Car class papers. The 1275cc Bill Richards Racing prepared engine and drivetrain includes a Piper billet BP 285 fast road/track day camshaft, Piper competition followers and springs, an ‘A+' cam drive, turbo oil pump, ‘S' forged rockers, Quaife diff, ultralight flywheel and steel backplate clutch. The vendor tells us he specified this car to be more highly-geared to reduce revs at 70-80mph meaning the car can also be enjoyed on the public roads away from race tracks and rally stages. Repatriated back to the UK and registered in 1991, this low-ownership car was bought and prepared by the current vendor with the intention of participating in classic motorsport. Family commitments however mean that the car is now reluctantly offered for sale. A host of generous bills for all the parts needed for this meticulous homologation process accompany the vehicle, and closer inspection of the build quality will satisfy any budding racer of the standard to which all the work has been undertaken. Other receipts and invoices are available for inspection and date from 1996. Offered now with Heritage Certificate, original Cooper ‘S' Driver's Handbook, UK V5C and current MoT to December 2012 this is a car worthy of serious consideration and sensibly guided today.