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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', as it was commonly known, soon became popular across a broad spectrum of the population.  The potential for competition use was soon seen by John Cooper and although Alex Issigonis was less keen, 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. Featuring a 1071cc engine and larger servo-assisted disc brakes, 4,030 Cooper S cars were produced and sold until the model was updated in August 1964. Cooper also produced two S models specifically for circuit racing in the under 1,000 cc and under 1,300 cc classes respectively, rated at 970cc and a 1,275cc. The smaller-engine model was not well received, and only 963 had been built when the model was discontinued in 1965. The 1,275 cc Cooper S models continued in production until 1971.

Delivered new to sunny Florida in 1966 this beautiful Island Blue with Old English White roof Mk. I 1275cc Mini Cooper S was repatriated into the United Kingdom in 2017 having also spent time in Japan. On its arrival the car was then subject to a no expense spared nut and bolt rebuild over a two year period at which time it was converted to right hand drive of which much is catalogued. The end result speaks for itself presented with a huge file of expenditure to back up the no nonsense approach to the restoration. Other than a few subtle upgrades in spotlights, Minilight wheels and period wooden steering wheel this car remains original. Offered with the Heritage Certificate and an MoT test certificate until March 2025, this absolutely stunning example is now ready for a new adventure and this Mini Cooper S is ready to be enjoyed by any budding Italian Job afficionado! Consigned by Mathew Priddy

  • 44 Miles
  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 MANUAL
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • RefCode: 22F5EA9F-6568-6936-B069-29ED29C487A9