Lot 142 - 1966 Austin Mini Cooper Mk. I (998cc)
|Odometer reading||6,179 miles|
|Estimate||£13,000 - £16,000|
|Result||Sold - £18,480|
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- Comes with a Heritage Certificate
These fabulous and popular little cars were designed in 1959 and were heralded as a new concept in car design. Little did they know or envisage what would become of these great models. With a monocoque shell, transversely mounted engine and front wheel drive, the new 'Mini' soon became popular across the world and to all types of individual well healed or not! The potential for competition use was soon seen by John Cooper; he eventually persuaded BMC and 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 the, 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 developed in tandem and released in 1963.
This lovely example of this British classic is presented in Island Blue with an Old English White roof and was recently the subject to some extensive works to the body by Old School Mini. The very nice interior is finished in period correct Cumulous Grey with Gold Brocade and the wheels have just been refurbished with new tyres fitted all round. Its 998cc engine was modified in 2018 using a 1100 crankshaft and it is supplied with its Heritage Certificate confirming the colour, engine and chassis numbers. This is an extremely desirable little Mini Cooper offered in good condition throughout.
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