Lot 236 - 1964 Austin Mini Mk.I Super Deluxe
|Odometer reading||48,000 miles|
|Estimate||£11,000 - £15,000|
The history of this revolutionary motorcar is well known and its impact socially, culturally and mechanically is well documented. The Swinging Sixties, 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' and featuring a 1071cc engine was then developed in tandem and released in 1963. The Mini Cooper S earned acclaim with Monte Carlo Rally victories in 1964, 1965 and 1967. Huge demand was also generated on the club scene and, quite rightly, continues today.
This low mileage Austin Mini Mk.I Super Deluxe has only had three owners from new and has just been subject to a complete restoration using only 'date stamped' original parts or restoring the original items to new condition. Finished in green with green interior, this Mk.I Austin Mini is supplied with a new MoT test certificate, a V5 registration document showing the details of the first two owners, the original 'Passport to Service' service book and the first invoice for the car showing it was sold for £533, 9s, 2d when new. This is a truly beautiful example of the marque and is certain to give the new owner a great deal of pleasure and a thrill to drive.
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