Lot 258 - 1971 Morris Mini Cooper S
|Odometer reading||29,535 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £20,000|
|Result||Sold - £17,920|
The history of this revolutionary motorcar is well known, its impact socially and culturally is well documented and is remembered with great fondness by many people. 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 controversial decision by the French judges. Huge demand was also generated and, quite rightly, continues today.
We are pleased to offer an original and rather lovely Mk. III example of the Mini Cooper S; one of only 792 manufactured for the home market! Our vendor, an ex-BMC mechanic, acquired the Cooper in a state that necessitated a complete restoration and so began a complete nut and bolt rebuild that was finally completed in 2013. The original shell was found to be beyond repair but importantly, an original new Leyland Mk. III shell (not a Heritage shell) was sourced and the car built around it. A decision was made to complete the car in Mk. II colours and some badging with the blue vinyl interior being retained; the car now stands resplendent in its tartan red coachwork with black roof. Unfortunately, upon purchase, the original engine had been lost but as a stroke of luck a genuine 1275cc, Cooper S unit was found and fully rebuilt with period modifications that include being fully balanced, a flowed and ported cylinder head conversion to run on unleaded fuel, fitted with a medium performance 'road use' camshaft, twin 1.5" SU carburettors and stage two manifolds and exhaust system. The extent of the restoration cannot be underestimated; the suspension has been converted to the more reliable rubber suspension cones replacing the notoriously unreliable and difficult to set up Hydrolastic set-up, the sub-frames have been powder coated, the undersides protected and painted body colour and it has been fitted with vented Cooper S reverse wheel rims, period Dunlop tyres and Group Two wheel arches. These are amongst the many details that have been executed to make this one of the finest Coopers in the market.