1969 Morris Mini Cooper 'S' Mk. II
|Odometer reading||97,946 miles|
|Estimate||£19,000 - £27,000|
- Original UK supplied coachbuilt Mini
- Restored in 2004
- Mini Magazine featured
- Desirable SMO registration
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', soon became popular across a broad spectrum of the population. The potential for competition use was soon seen by John Cooper; and once he had persuaded BMC the two worked together 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, somewhat unfair, disqualification for lighting irregularities in the 1966 event after coming in 1st, 2nd and 3rd. A more powerful Mini Cooper, dubbed the 'S', was then developed in tandem and released in 1963 and Cooper S variants are still made to this day under the BMW flag. Approximately 2,500 Mk. II Cooper S models were built making it one of the rarest versions of this very collectible motor car.
This Mk.II Cooper S 1275cc example was a feature car in 2004's Mini Magazine whilst in the tenure of the owner who lovingly restored this car between 2000 and 2004. Originally registered in October 1968 the car is presented in Sandy Beige over Snowberry White with a Webasto sunroof; one of only 11 Mk.II's on the Cooper register in this colour combination. We are informed that all modifications were made within the first 18 months and are led to believe by coachbuilders Radford, this included a Radford dashboard which sadly had to be replaced. Unfortunately no invoices exist to confirm the Radford link but a buff log book can be found within the history file detailing the car was originally registered as a Radford De Ville from new. We are also informed the hydrolastic suspension has been replaced by Hi-Lo adjustable shock absorbers and an old sales listing suggests that the engine was 'breathed on' by Downton. The engine itself has been bored and honed to 1330cc with twin SU carburettors and a modified cylinder head to name just a few enhancements; all of which helped to achieve a rolling road tune by Peter Baldwin, Wiltshire in 2012 of 98bhp.
Full details of the engine and the car itself can be found in the history file which includes information from previous owners and also contains the article from Mini Magazine. This is a rare car with a cherished number plate and is well known to the Mini Register and Owners Clubs alike. Viewing is strongly recommended.
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.