Lot 254 - 1963 Morris Mini Cooper S (Recreation Racer)
|Odometer reading||28,780 miles|
|Estimate||£12,000 - £16,000|
|Result||Sold - £10,528|
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 Morris Mini Cooper was manufactured in 1963 but was not registered in the UK until 1965; the first owner, an army officer exported the car during his posting to Germany. This Mini started as a standard 850cc Mk. I but the previous owners, who purchased the Mini 40 years ago, converted the car to 997cc Cooper specification using the mechanics and interior from a doner car. As was common in the 1970's, the car was used to go to work during the week and the odd sprint and hill-climb at the weekends - with considerable success. Over the years, there have been a number of reincarnations, the last in 1987 when a Cooper S, 1293cc engine was fitted to compete in the ACSMC race series. The specification is as follows: - a 1293cc engine with a Bryan Slark cylinder head, high performance camshaft, EN40B balanced crankshaft, 45 DCOE Weber carburettor, three into one maniflow exhaust system, straight cut/close ratio gearbox, straight cut gear limited slip differential, 3.9 ratio, fully adjustable rose jointed suspension, period Dunlop alloy wheels, GazGaz adjustable shock absorbers all round and KAD four-pot brake callipers. This Mini has always been very competitive, often beating original Cooper S's and has proved to be utterly reliable. To develop or build a car to this specification would cost well in excess of the estimate and this car has proven itself on a number of occasions including being raced at Goodwood. Supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in March 2017, this is a car ready to use either on the road, track or hill climb.
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