Lot 172 - 1963 Austin Mini Cooper Mk. I (997cc)

Lot 172 - 1963 Austin Mini Cooper Mk. I (997cc)

Lot 172 - 1963 Austin Mini Cooper Mk. I (997cc)

Lot Number 172
Registration 3559 SC
Chassis Number C-A2S7/409911
Engine Number 9F-SA-H/20948
Odometer reading 95,316 miles
Result Sold - £22,960
  • Restored in 2009/2010
  • Owned since February 1964

The history of this revolutionary motorcar is well-known and its impact socially, culturally and mechanically is well documented. The Swinging Sixties, The Beatles, Twiggy and the Mini are inexorably combined to represent an era that is remembered with great fondness by many people. Very few classic cars have seen such a meteoric rise in values as the Mini has over the past five years. The Mini holds an iconic place in British motor car history and in the hearts and minds of anyone who has owned one, it is safe to say no other car can spark a conversation in the same way as a Mini can. On its introduction in August 1959 the Mini was marketed under the Austin and Morris names, as the Austin Seven and Morris Mini Minor. The Austin Seven was renamed Austin Mini in January 1962 and Mini became a marque in its own right in 1969.

Manufactured on 15th May 1963 and first registered on 3rd June 1963 this Mini Cooper has been owned by the late vendor since 27th February 1964. He purchased the car from Moir & Baxter Ltd in Edinburgh for the sum £490.00. The car was supplied to Moir & Baxter Ltd from the factory and it is thought this Mini Cooper was a demonstrator vehicle initially. A restoration project was carried out circa 2009/10 and appears to have been completed to a high standard. Unfortunately, due to poor health, the car was used very little after the completion of the restoration, with the car being stored in the registered keepers garage. Finished in the classic Cooper Mk. I colour combination of Almond Green with Porcelain Green and Dove Grey interior this Mini will require some recommissioning. A significant history folder accompanies 3559 SC with invoices confirming the restoration and a host of previous MoT test certificates. This unique and correct 997cc Cooper has the potential to be a wonderful example without too much effort.

Interested parties should note that we have put a new battery on the car and replaced the fuel and the car started straightaway. The engine runs very well and has clearly been rebuilt to a very good standard. The clutch is free and the gearbox appears to operate as it should. Some recommissioning will still be required, including changing the fluids etc. and the tyres, whilst in good order are aged and should be replaced. The overall impression of this Mini Cooper is it has obviously been much loved and well cared for.

 

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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