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Lot 132: Morris Mini Cooper S

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

A more powerful Mini Cooper, dubbed the S, was developed in tandem and released in 1963. Featuring a 1071 cc engine with a 70.61 mm bore and nitrided steel crankshaft and strengthened bottom end to allow further tuning; 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 1000cc and under 1300cc classes respectively, rated at 970 cc and a 1275 cc, both with the 70.61mm bore and both of which were also offered to the public. The smaller-engine model was not well received, and only 963 had been built when the model was discontinued in 1965. The 1275 cc Cooper S models continued in production until 1971.

The Mini Cooper S earned acclaim with Monte Carlo Rally victories in 1964, 1965 and 1967. Minis were initially placed first, second and third in the 1966 rally as well, but were disqualified after a controversial decision by the French judges. The disqualification related to the use of a variable resistance headlamp dimming circuit in place of a dual-filament lamp.

This delightful Mini Cooper S was built and delivered new in 1964. It was subject to a restoration in 2006, and is still described by the vendor as being in very good overall condition. Finished in the period colours of Tweed Grey over Dove Grey interior this charming 970 Cooper S comes complete with UK V5 registration papers and a heritage certificate.

Currently running a fast road Bill Richards specification engine, DVY 792C is supplied with its original engine block, and provides an excellent investment opportunity.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number132
Estimate£12000-£16000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£17700
Year1964
Condition rating2
Registration numberDVY 792C
Mileage-
Chassis numberK-A254/5500719
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2