Purchased by the current vendor from a long standing owner in Cornwall, the car is supplied with two engines, a later 1275 GT engine that was used for racing and also the original and very rare 997 Cooper engine. The 997cc was a larger / sporty version of the 848cc used in the standard Mini. It was replaced in 1964 by the common 998cc engine, hence why so few 997 original Cooper engines remain. This 997 is also exciting as before its recent rebuilt, it was untouched and unused since the late 1960’s when the 1275 was installed. At the time of the rebuild 439780 still retained the original cast iron water pump. These original water pumps are now very rare and show true originality. For this reason the water pump was kept and is included in the sale for its value and also because it can be reconditioned and re-used (although inefficient compared to modern alternatives, hence why the owner did not have it fitted). The rebuild involved a head and gearbox rebuild. – the engine was re-bored of plus 20, new pistons, crankshaft reground and balanced, new flywheel, new timing chain, new oil pump and water pump, camshaft bearings, block skimmed, head has had full strip and rebuild and been skimmed, gearbox and differential stripped and rebuilt. This was a comprehensive, no expense spared, engine and gearbox rebuild with all new seals and bearings throughout.
439780 is overflowing with original features and 1960’s character. This has been achieved with sympathetic restorations and reusing original features where possible. However to achieve better drive-ability and reliability, upgrades and modifications have been made over the years. This includes electronic ignition distributor, uprated coil and alternator, modern air filter with ram air induction trumpets and a right hand fuel tank. Front brake disks, callipers and a brake servo have been added. Chassis enhancements are Wider Revolution wheels, sports tyres, adjustable ride-height, adjustable geometry camber and castor both front and rear, poly bushes. These enhancements combined result in absolutely fantastic handling characteristics. Other period extras include driving lamps with floor mounted dip switch, map readers light and reverse Lamp.
Included in the sale is a fabulous collection of vintage and period tools and Mini memorabilia. This includes three pieces of original 1960’s Mk1 Mini advertising, the original driver’s handbook, an intriguing hardback book about the making of the Mini and a Heritage Certificate. Most recently, we are advised that the front brake calipers have been fully reconditioned. The car has been fitted with new front suspension cones and knuckle joints. It is offered with a new current MoT with no advisories.