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 first of these – the 1,071cc Mini Cooper ‘S’ of 1963 – took engine development a stage further and provided the basis for the 971 ‘S’ and 1275 ‘S’ of 1964.
The British 60’s iconic minis are now in high demand and much appreciated. This car is no exception, having been freshly imported from New Zealand and has been kept in dry condition.
There is history with the car dating back to 1966 including warrant of fitness checks (mot’s) which verifies the mileage on the stunning little car, also included is the original Austin mini handbook.
This is a wonderful example and in exceptional condition physically and mechanically with no known of visible faults. This mini comes with a full 1 years UK MOT with no advisories, and also has had a recent service health check. This would make a great investment or would make a great car to add to a personal collection, fantastic – a true British icon!