Lot 133 - 1968 Mini Cooper S Mk. I (1275cc)
|Odometer reading||3,827 miles|
|Estimate||£28,000 - £34,000|
|Result||Sold - £34,720|
The notion that the Mini might have a future as anything other than basic transport was an anathema; the idea of a high-performance version was laughable. One man though, saw it quite differently. Racing car manufacturer 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 Mini Cooper soon established its credentials as a rally and race winner and the stage was set for even faster versions. The first of these, the 1071cc Mini Cooper 'S' of 1963, took engine development a stage further and provided the basis for the 971 'S' and 1275 'S' of 1964.
Originally registered on 29th January 1968, this delightful Mini is finished in the great colour combination of Old English White with a black roof and the traditional grey/red interior. This Cooper S is in very good order showing no signs of corrosion. Invoices totalling over £20,000 worth of restoration work confirm this is a car that has been lovingly cherished. Lift the carpets and the floors are very solid, open the boot and she is nice and neat and tidy. Start the engine on this Mini and there are no adverse noises, rattles or smoke, she runs very well. Out on the road, this genuine UK right hand drive Mini Cooper S drives exactly as she should, with brisk performance and excellent road holding. Supplied with a V5C registration document together with a Heritage Certificate, 20 previous MoT’s and a host of invoices.
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