By 1963 the BMC Competition department knew what they wanted to do with the Mini. Their efforts culminated in the 1963 Austin Cooper S and Morris Cooper S. Besides a host of upgrades, the primary difference was a specially cast engine block and cylinder head that was more suitable for racing.
The first Cooper S models used a 1071cc engine with a special nitrided steel crankshaft. Factory upgrades included larger front disc brakes, a vacuum-assisted brake booster and offset steel wheels which were widened to 4½ inches by 1964. Despite only having around 75 bhp on tap, the Minis were very successful in Group 2 Rally racing, winning the Monte Carlo Rally outright.
What we have on offer today is a unique and original BMW Morris Cooper with Swedish FIA papers and period race and rallying history. Having been well-looked after and presented today in very good condition (despite the rally-related patina that is to be expected), this example we are informed is rust-free and ready to be enjoyed.
The car has had a very active history having taken part in many rallies in the 60s and 70s and continued to be rallied by Swedish driver Valter Dementchuk right until 2009, his favourite circuit being the Falkenberg circuit, for which many stickers can be found on the car. It was at this point when the engine was overhauled and rebuilt for rally use again.
Provided with this timeless piece of history is an extensive history file present with many invoices and MoT reports and FIA papers.
This BMW Cooper features many options, some of which are standard on this original Cooper; Double fuel tank, dual SU Carburettors, Halda tripmaster, Cobra bucket seats, roof light, four point belts, disc brakes, new rally tires, stopwatch, Works dashboard, 4 Lucas spot lights with corresponding covers, straight exhaust, braking system, spaghetti exhaust manifold, engine protector, fire extinguishers, etc.