Lot 246 - 1968 Austin Mini Cooper

Lot 246 - 1968 Austin Mini Cooper

Lot 246 - 1968 Austin Mini Cooper

Lot Number 246
Registration RVO 499F
Chassis Number CA2SB1158548
Engine Number 3497
Odometer reading 9,969 miles
Result Sold - £7,000

The history of this revolutionary motorcar is well known, its impact socially, culturally and mechanically is well documented. The Swinging Sixties, free love, The Beatles, Twiggy and the Mini are inexorably combined to represent an era that is remembered with great fondness by many people. The side story is the Mini's impact on motorsport and this is no less extraordinary. Issigonis' friend John Cooper, owner of the Cooper Car Company and designer and builder of Formula One and rally cars, saw the potential of the Mini for competition. The original 848cc engine was given a longer stroke to increase capacity to 997cc, boosting power from 34bhp to 55bhp. The car featured a racing-tuned engine, twin SU carburettors, a closer-ratio gearbox and front disc brakes, uncommon at the time in a small car. A more powerful Mini Cooper, dubbed the 'S', was then developed in tandem and released in 1963, featuring a 1071cc engine. Cooper also produced two S models specifically for circuit racing in the under 1000cc and under 1300cc classes respectively, rated at 970cc and a 1275cc and continued in production until 1971. The Mini Cooper S earned acclaim with Monte Carlo Rally victories in 1964, 1965 and 1967. Minis were initially placed first, second and third in the 1966 rally as well, but were disqualified after a badly judged decision by the French judges. Huge demand was also generated on the club scene and, quite rightly, continues today.

Presented here is a very original 1968 Austin Mini Cooper, a rust free car that is finished in red with black roof and black interior, all in good condition. Fitted with period spotlights and steel rally wheels, this Mini Cooper was purchased by the previous owner in 2007 shortly after the engine was completely rebuilt by Mini Sport Ltd, Lancashire and has covered minimal mileage since the rebuild. This Mini Cooper is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in August 2013, a copy of the invoice regarding the parts for the engine rebuild and an MoT test certificate from 2009 showing the car has only covered 500 miles in the last four years. If you want to join Peter Sellers, John Lennon, Marianne Faithfull, The Beatles and the cast of The Italian Job in Mini ownership, RVO499F represents an ideal opportunity.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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