To many, its designer Alec Issigonis included, the notion that the Mini might have a future as anything other than basic transport was anathema, and 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 result, launched in September 1961, was the Mini Cooper, a car that offered a size/price/performance package that was nothing short of miraculous. The Mini Cooper soon established its credentials as a rally and race winner, and the stage was set for even faster versions.
The British 60’s iconic minis are now in high demand and much appreciated. This car is no exception. In original specification, this Mini 850 is finished in white with red interior and is said to be subject to a concourse restoration and has covered just under 76000 miles. This would make a great investment or would make a great car to add to a personal collection, fantastic – a true British icon!