Lot 252 - 1964 Morris Mini Cooper S
|Odometer reading||90,176 miles|
|Estimate||£35,000 - £42,000|
|Result||Sold - £41,440|
The Austin/Morris Mini was in production for 40 years and, today, remains the most enduring icon of the British motor industry. To many though - its designer Alec Issigonis included - the notion that the Mini might have a future as anything other than basic transport was an anathema and the idea of a high-performance version was laughable. One man though, saw it quite differently. John Cooper already knew quite a bit about tuning BMC's A-Series engine - he was running the company's Formula Junior effort at the time - and a test drive in a prototype Mini convinced him of the car's competition potential. The result, launched in September 1961, was the Mini Cooper, a car that offered a size/price/performance package that was nothing short of miraculous.
This is an original Isle of Wight supplied and registered car, despatched to Fowlers of Newport in February 1964. It still has its original chassis, body and engine number tags in place. An unleaded cylinder head conversion was carried out by Harris Motorsport and the gearbox was rebuilt by the Mini Centre less than 1500 miles ago. There is a comprehensive history file supplied with the car containing MoT test certificates from 1980 onwards, previous tax discs, a number of photographs depicting work being carried out over the years, old V5Cs and a Heritage Certificate confirming build details. The current mileage of just over 90,000 miles is believed to be genuine. This wonderful original example, powered by its punchy 1071cc engine and is presented in green/white, with a green interior is certainly rare due to its originality which is so often not the case. These are highly desirable for the discerning collector.
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