Designed by Alex Issigonis in 1959, a new concept in car design was born. With a monocoque shell, transversely mounted engine and front wheel drive, the new ‘Mini’, soon became popular across a broad spectrum of the population. The potential for competition use was soon seen by John Cooper; BMC were finally persuaded by John Cooper and the two worked together in culminating the birth of the Austin Mini Cooper and the Morris Mini Cooper in 1961. Victories in the 1964, 1965 and 1967 Monte-Carlo Rallies set the Mini on the road to fame but probably the greatest publicity was gained from their, somewhat unfair, disqualification for lighting irregularities in the 1966 event after coming in 1st, 2nd and 3rd. A more powerful Mini Cooper, dubbed the ‘S’, was developed in tandem and released in 1963.
Manufactured between March 1970 and June 1971, the Mark III Cooper S is one of the rarest of all Cooper derivatives, with only 1,570 being manufactured before production ceased. In line with the other Mk III models the body was revised with concealed door hinges, larger rear lights and new front grille.
This wonderful original matching numbers Cooper S rolled off the production line on 28th November 1970, and was purchased new by our vendor, who offers the Mini today. The vendor, a serious collector of important race and road cars from the 1930s to the current day, has driven the Mini very lightly and kept it in dry storage when not in use. Interestingly the Cooper is fitted with period optional extras such as a rear screen wiper and period bucket seats trimmed in black leather. As such and unsurprisingly the Cooper shows a mere 48,000 miles recorded from new, believed to be correct.
An unrepeatable opportunity to buy a genuine, low mileage, one-owner Mini Cooper S.