1969 Austin Mini Cooper 'S'SOLD

AutoSport 2007 Auction, The NEC - Birmingham UK, Saturday 13th January 2007

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Estimate: ú7,500-9,500

Sold: ú8,000

Few cars in competition have fuelled the imagination like the giant-killing Mini Cooper, the combination of diminutive size, outstanding road holding and punchy power often running rings around the opposition. Following the original 997cc Mini Cooper's launch in July 1961, Pat Moss gave due warning of the car's potential by winning the 1961 Tulip Rally on only the car's second outing, and the following year John Love won the British Saloon Car Championship; it was successes like these that prompted BMC to build a much more radical car, an homologation special to take on the world's best in competition.

The increased potential of the S was quickly demonstrated by Rauno Aaltonen's outright win on the 1963 Alpine Rally, followed by Paddy Hopkirk's 1st place overall on the Monte Carlo, 3rd on the Tour de France and 4th on the RAC.

This stunning example was manufactured in 1969 and benefited from a comprehensive rebuild. The car was taken off the road in 1982 and was in storage before it was completely stripped down and rebuilt using original components. The body work was taken back to bare metal and repainted in the original colour. The interior was also re-upholstered. All work was under taken by Goodbrook Motors and completed in 2004. The car is described as being in very good condition having covered 1,794 miles in 23 years and since the bare metal restoration and engine rebuild the car has covered only 230 miles! The car is supplied with a V5 document, a current MoT valid until July 2007, old MoT's; various service documents and service/parts manuals.

Reference Number 5554

as of 12/23/2006

Car 1969 Austin Mini Cooper 'S'
VIN KA256/1300914A