Lot 246 - 1967 Austin Mini Cooper Mk. I
|Chassis Number||K A254 974887|
|Engine Number||9FD SA H 24333|
|Odometer reading||95,407 miles|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £22,000|
|Result||Sold - £20,160|
In 1959, a new concept in car design was born, designed by Alex Issigonis 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 realised by John Cooper and, although Alex Issigonis was less keen, BMC were finally persuaded and worked together with John Cooper culminating in the birth of the Austin Mini Cooper and the Morris Mini Cooper in 1961. 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 disqualification for lighting irregularities in the 1966 event after coming in 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
This Mini Cooper was exported to Australia on 10th March, 1967 as a personal export and was repatriated to the UK in April, 2016. She has remained in a largely original condition and appears to have no rust; the green paintwork and white roof are slightly sun bleached which all adds to the irreplaceable patina. The interior is also original adding to the character of this delightful Mk. I Cooper. Supplied with a Heritage Certificate confirming this to be a matching numbers example, she also comes with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until May, 2018. With Mini Cooper Mk.I's achieving stratospheric prices at times, this example appears to be very realistically estimated given the condition and obvious desirability.
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.