Launched in March 1963, the 1,071cc Mini Cooper S was the ultimate Mini, at its heart a much higher specification engine than the plain Cooper’s unit, and slightly larger but much more efficient front disc brakes.
The increased potential of the S was quickly demonstrated by Rauno Aaltonen’s outright win on the 1963 Alpine Rally, followed by Paddy Hopkirk’s 1st place overall on the Monte Carlo, 3rd on the Tour de France and 4th on the RAC.
This unique Mini MK1 was first registered in 1965, being prepared with Swedish papers for historic rallying. In 1965 the Mini received double carburettors from the tuning company Aquaplane, with a period brochure in the history file.
The Mini is equipped with many options such as a twin tanks, rally dashboard, four Lucas spotlights, towing eyes, straight exhaust, cooper exhaust manifold and fire extinguishers.
The Mini has been well maintained and is presented in well preserved condition. After various events, the paintwork has sustained the right “patina”, but the shell is said to be in rust-free condition.
A great proposition for further rallying adventures!