Lot 329 - 1969 Mini Cooper S Mk.II
|Chassis Number||CA 2SB 1340735|
|Odometer reading||69,727 km|
|Estimate||£20,000 - £24,000|
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. 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.
Manufactured on 12th November 1969, this lefthand drive Mini Cooper S presents in superb condition. Included in the history file is a letter from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, together with FIA papers, confirming this to be a genuine Cooper S and is eligible for historic racing. In recent year the car has been in a museum in Greece, having been restored in 1988. The red coachwork is in excellent order as is the interior. A map reading light and Halda twinmaster tripmeter, together with four spot lights, headlamp covers and roll cage are all fitted. This Mini Cooper S is reasonably priced, runs very well and has the potential to be huge fun in the right hands.
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.