Lot 215 - 1965 Morris Mini Cooper Full Rally Specification
|Estimate||£15,000 - £18,000|
|Result||Sold - £19,880|
Designed by Alex Issigonis in 1959, a new concept in car design was born. With a monocoque shell, transversely mounted engine and front wheel drive, the new 'Mini', as it was commonly known, soon became popular across a broad spectrum of the population. The potential for competition use was soon seen by John Cooper and although Alex Issigonis was less keen, BMC were finally persuaded by John Cooper and the two worked together in culminating the birth of the Austin Mini Cooper and the Morris Mini Cooper in 1961. The S had a 1071cc engine with a strengthened bottom end to allow for further tuning. Victories in the 1964, 1965 and 1967 Monte Carlo Rallies set the Mini on the road to fame but probably the greatest publicity was gained from their (somewhat unfair) disqualification for lighting irregularities in the 1966 event after coming in 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
This excellent Morris Mini Cooper was uprated to rally specification in 1995 for the well known British rally and saloon car racing driver, Louise Aitken-Walker MBE to use in Scottish historic rallies. The engine has been uprated to 1340S specification including; +60 squeeze cast pistons giving a compression of 11:1, new Omega piston rings, lightweight, polished and balanced con rods with ARP high tensile bolts, a balanced Metro crank shaft with standard polished journals, Standard Competition Vandervell shell bearings, Piper BP300 rally/race cam shaft, Vernier timing gear, lightened flywheel, new water pump, new oil pump, polished cylinder head, skimmed 36.5mm and 31mm valves fitted with new Isky valve springs, machined top caps and forged rockers with spacers. The gearbox is fitted with straight cut gears and has a limited slip differential. The car was acquired by its current owner in 1998 who has since won many awards including an outright victory in the 2001 Yorkshire Classic. It is in excellent cosmetic condition, finished in green with white roof - together with a full rallying interior including intercoms etc. This Morris Mini Cooper is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in July 2015 and a history file containing a buff logbook and a Heritage Certificate. This is a seriously exciting Mini on the road and it has lots of competition potential and is available at a fraction of the cost of building such a car today.