Lot 11 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 16th October 2019)
Sold for £17,438
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: ETH 57D
Chassis No: M/A2S4S399876
Mot Expiry: Aug 2020
- A 'no-expense spared' recreation based on a fully restored Mini 850 bodyshell
- Fitted with Paul Inch 1300cc modified engine, correct gearbox, disc brakes, correct trim, etc.
- Said to have been a 'labour of love' and offered with file of invoices and original 850cc engine
For many, the Mark I Mini Cooper S is the ultimate expression of Alec Issigonis's diminutive icon. This is the car in which Paddy Hopkirk and Henry Liddon took the Monte Carlo Rally crown in 1964 and the model used in the original Italian Job movie. Combining superb handling, a tuned engine and instantly recognisable styling, it is no wonder it was named 'the most popular British car of all time'.
In recent years, values of original Mk I Mini Cooper 'S' examples have rocketed in value, pricing some buyers out of the market. As a result, usable, high quality evocations such as this have become very attractive to buyers. Described as being in 'excellent' condition throughout, the car is based on a fully restored 1966 Morris 850 Mini right-hand drive shell repainted in period green with cream roof, has a correct Cooper gearbox and disc brakes, and includes 'Minilite' wheels with Dunlop Sport SP tyres. With 'excellent' chromework and desirable Mk I features such as early external door hinges, this car presents very well indeed.
Under the bonnet, the continuation of what the vendor describes as a 'labour of love' proceeds with a 1300 engine constructed and modified by renowned Mini engine builder and race preparer Paul Inch of Plymouth. For those who seek originality, the lot also includes the original 850 engine.
Inside is a wonderful, correct interior including cream/green contrasting seats, Motolita steering wheel and an odometer showing 2,683 miles. Described by the vendor as 'superb in every respect' the car comes with a history file full of bills and an MOT certificate valid until 2nd August 2020 with no advisories. At a fraction of the cost of a real Mini Cooper 'S', this car represents a great deal of fun, period style, performance and value.