Lot 226 - 1963 12851 Mini De Luxe
|Odometer reading||26,407 miles|
|Estimate||£5,000 - £7,000|
|Result||Sold - £10,304|
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 two owner car, with the first having owned and used the car sparingly from its purchase in 1963 until March 2013, is in completely original condition and boasts remarkably low warranted mileage. The large catalogue of bills, receipts, old MoT test certificates and service history is testament to the care and attention taken during its ownership with the current vendor having only dry-stored the car. Presented in Smoke Grey with blue trim and with the original tool kit, sales invoice and owner's manual, this car drives extremely well and has all the charm and character that a 60's Mini should have. Offered with an MoT road test certificate until December 2014 and a full year's road fund licence, this is truly a blast from the past and with such good history and low mileage, a great opportunity to own part of British motoring history.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.