Lot 169 - 1965 Austin Mini Cooper Mk. I (998cc)
|Odometer reading||11,971 miles|
|Estimate||£28,000 - £32,000|
|Result||Sold - £47,040|
- Beautiful restoration
- Incredible attention to detail
- Two sets of wheels
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 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 developed in tandem and released in 1963.
First registered on 13th June 1965 and sold by Swain and Jones Ltd of Farnham, Surrey, this exceptional Mini Cooper has completed less than 100 miles since a ground up, bare metal £31,000 restoration. Rarer than the Cooper S, these Mk. I Coopers are hard to come by, let alone in such incredible condition. The attention to detail throughout, such as the appropriate gaps between the wings and windscreen scuttle panel, most often filled in, is second to none. This little gem of a Cooper is the best Mini restoration the consigner has ever seen and is presented in its original specification of Almond Green with Old English White roof, matched to Porcelain Green and Dove Grey trim and an optional heater, as confirmed by its accompanying BMI Heritage Certificate. All the mechanicals including the engine, subframes, brakes, suspension and electrics were restored and rebuilt with all required parts being supplied by the best in the business, such as Newton Commercial for the interior, M/Machine body panels and British Motor Heritage. Images of the restoration along with the many invoices for parts and labour are included in the cars well presented history file. Reported by the vendor to drive better than new, this car sits beautifully on a set of ‘rose petal’ alloy wheels, but also comes supplied with a set of 3.5” steel wheels.
Supplied with the Heritage Certificate, history file, photographic record of its restoration and MoT test certificate valid until June 2022. An unrivalled example of a British design icon presented in the iconic colour combination it left the factory in.
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