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MORRIS MINI 1965 MK1 Cooper S - £40,000 Offers ...

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Rare opportunity to own this 1275 MK1 Morris Mini Cooper S manufactured in late 1964 and registered on 1st January 1965 C Reg. Finished in Tartan Red with Black Roof, this car has had a full rebuild in 2010 2011.

I have owned this car more than 43 years in which time it has been a rally car, race car and is now back in its near standard form. On restoring the car, the idea was always to keep as much as the original car as possible, so as you can see some parts such as the old bumpers have been clean and put back on, but the front seats are period Paddy Hopkirk Rally Seats. All the numbers match the v5c and is backed up by its heritage certificate, the engine block is however from a 1300gt of the era but the original thin flanged block is with the car and is at plus 040. This MK1 Morris Cooper S is of the pre-1966 spec, at this time twin tanks and front oil cooler were optional and the first owner opted not to go for the extras available. This again is confirmed by the heritage certificate. Making this car rarer still is the dry suspension with which the car was originally bought, (I understand only around 300 1275cc cars left the factory with dry suspension, nearly all had the hydro units fitted.)

Bodywork and Shell
The body was in good shape for its age and no new panels were used in the rebuild. The shell was sent to the body shop for a full paintjob, inside and out its original colour. The floors have been repaired with period parts and not a modern reproduction. MK1 Minis nowadays have had most panels replaced to make them perfect; to me this takes away the cars originality, so a sympatric rebuild is what this car has had.

Engine and Gearbox
Amazingly I had the vision to keep the original thin flanged engine block and replace it with the stronger 1300gt block when it was used for competition, the original block is still with the car with all the correct numbers. The Gearbox is the correct box as are the twin su carbs. The original block is at plus 040 and has never been decked, it also has the correct 1275 tag on the back of the block.

Suspension and Brakes
As previously mentioned the car stands on dry suspension as it did when it left the factory. When restored all serviceable items were replace most were new old stock. Items such as ball joints, cvs inner and outer, wheel bearings front and rear, cv boots track rod ends, steering gaiters, rubber do nuts, rubber bushes front and rear, brake callipers were reconditioned and installed with discs and pads along with new brake lines/pipes front to rear, rear brakes are all new.

Interior
The seats are Paddy Hopkirk rally seats and came with the car when I bought it all those years ago, Carpets are new as the old ones where lost when it was a rally car. Speedo is original and correct. The original wiring loom was and still is in a serviceable condition and is fitted to the car.

Wheels/Tyres
The car is fitted with Minilite lookalike wheels and period tyres.
Offers over £40,000 considered

  • 73800 Miles
  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 Manual
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • RefCode: DIY1099015

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