Lot 57: Morris Mini Cooper S
Alec Issigonis' purest design redefined the small car, this masterpiece of packaging making best use of its tiny - just over 10ft - length to (just) seat four adults. In production for 41 years, more than 5 million were built, and the most special were the Coopers, named after their creator John Cooper, race car driver and builder extraordinaire, who was captivated by the little car's sparkling handling but frustrated by the lack of go from the original 34bhp, 848cc engine. Using experience gained from his Formula Junior BMC motors, his versions were soon producing a far more useful 55bhp, and a new car - the Mini-Cooper - was born. From 1961, the factory offered the hotted-up Cooper as a regular production model, with the still more powerful Cooper 'S' available from 1963. By 1964, the Cooper 'S' had grown to its definitive 75bhp, 1275cc incarnation, driven by rock stars and royalty and becoming a world-beating rally car.
This Cooper 'S' was the BMC display car at the 1966 Earls Court Motor Show, as evidenced by its Heritage Certificate dated 2nd December 2009. After the show, it was supplied to the Barton Motor Co in Plymouth and registered early in 1967. The owner points out that original Pathe news footage from the show, featuring the car, can be seen on YouTube "And it looks pretty much the same now as then, but without the whitewall tyres". Bodily restored some time ago, it retains its original and hard-to-come by reclining red and gold brocade vinyl seats and 3.5in-wide Cooper steel wheels. The engine is still the original, and has been slightly upgraded for more power with twin 1.5in SU carburettors, roller rockers and freeflow exhaust. The original rocker assembly and brake servo come with the car, with sundry other spares. The vendor describes it thus: "All in good order and drives very well indeed", explaining that the 37,056 miles recorded might possibly be genuine, as it has only covered 8,000 miles in the past 22 years. This is an unrepeatable opportunity to acquire an important, documented original car, and it is sold with V5C, Heritage Certificate and recent MOT.
H&H Sales Limited, Stoneleigh Park
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||-|
|Engine capacity (cc)||1275|
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|Number of doors||2|