Lot 198 - 1964 Austin Mini Cooper S Mk. I
|Estimate||£37,000 - £46,000|
|Result||Sold - £33,600|
The Mini was manufactured by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) and its successors from 1959 until 2001. The original is considered a British icon of the 1960's and its space-saving front-wheel drive layout allowing 80% of the car's floorpan to be used for passengers and luggage, influenced a generation of car makers. In 1999, the Mini was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century behind the Ford Model T. Initially, Minis were marketed under the Austin and Morris names until Mini became a marque in its own right in 1969. Introduced in February 1964, the 1275 Mini Cooper S, with its torquey engine, has long been seen as the ultimate 'S' and is currently still the most sought after version for most buyers and owners. Visually the same as the 1071cc 'S', the 1275cc was fitted with hydrolastic suspension along with the rest of the Mini range in late 1964. From early 1966, the extra fuel tank and oil cooler became standard items. The 1275cc 'S' then remained in production pretty much unchanged until September 1967 when the Mk. II version was launched.
Originally delivered on 19th July 1964, this Mk. I version was purchased by the previous owner in the late 90's in need of restoration. This owner had the car until the spring of 2005 when, begrudgingly, he sold it to its current owner, a Mini racer and enthusiast, as an ongoing restoration project. Over the next eight years, a full nut and bolt restoration took place. The shell was stripped and re-painted in the original Old English White by classic specialists; photos in various stages of the process can be found in the history file showing both the condition of the original shell and the extent of the workmanship. Engine, gearbox, drive train and suspension have all been rebuilt, overhauling the original components where possible.
It now represents a stunning example; many have been raced and rallied but this is as near to original as possible and has seen no such action. Since finishing the restoration, the vendor has only used the Mini for some 925 miles. Fully serviced and completed with an MoT test certificate until August 2017, a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate and an original green buff logbook, we are informed this Mini drives particularly well; having been involved with Mini's since the 70's our vendor should be a good judge.
With correct Cooper S's increasingly hard to find in such standard specification and with this example in this condition, it is a rare find. As collectable as their period Ferrari cousins, the Cooper S is a 'must have' in any serious collection.
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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.