Lot 612: Austin Mini Cooper 1275 'S' Competition Saloon
Driven by Pat Moss, Paddy Hopkirk and 'Flying Finns' Rauno Aaltonen and Timo Makinen, the Mini Cooper developed into the most successful works rally car of the 1960s, belying its small size and apparent fragility. Its ultimate expression - the 1,275cc 'S' - had won first time out in the 1964 Tulip Rally and became the works' frontline car from 1965 onwards, winning the Monte Carlo, Circuit of Ireland, Geneva, Czech, Polish, 1,000 Lakes, Munich-Vienna-Budapest and RAC rallies outright, a quite outstanding achievement. With victories on four occasions, Aaltonen became European Champion. 1966 would prove equally successful for the works Minis, with victories in seven European Championship rallies; only the team's disqualification from the Monte on a trivial technicality after finishing 1, 2, 3 on the road spoiling what was otherwise an exemplary record. Revenge was gained the following year when Aaltonen won in Monte Carlo, one of six Championship victories secured by the works Minis that season. Today, benefiting from 40-plus years of technological advances, the Mini remains a popular choice among devotees of historic rallying at all levels. Boasting an original 1,275cc 'S' engine producing 100bhp-plus, this Austin Mini Cooper 'S' has been competition prepared in Belgium for VHC-VHRS and Maxi 1000 events. Road registered, the car is offered with Belgian registration papers and FIA/RACB passports.
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Bonhams, Paris, France
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||€24150|
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