Lot 20 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 16th October 2019)
Sold for £11,250
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: XBD 141
Chassis No: MA2S445694
- Converted into a historic rally car and campaigned on the 1990 Monte Carlo Challenge and 2015 Wessex Rally among others
- Uprated 1310cc A-Series engine complete with fully balanced crank / clutch / flywheel / rods / pistons, big valve stud head
- 'Cooper S' specification discs / drums, MKI bodyshell with internal fuel and brake lines, heavy-duty suspension, 4 synchro gear transmission
- FIA rollcage, high back seats, twin fuel tanks, 65 Amp alternator, multi-fusing, spot / fog lights
- Spare Downton prepared 998cc engine in running order
Rarely are rally-prepared, Mk I Minis offered on the open market, especially those with competition history and FIA papers. This 1960 Cooper 'S' evocation is a very special find and offers a great deal to the buyer looking for a competitive Mini.
Based on a Mk I bodyshell, the Mini has been prepared as a BMC Works replica, with a great deal of time and money spent on achieving period details and is now in 'very good' condition throughout, according to the vendor. Finished in Fiesta Yellow with Old English White roof, the car features FIA-required competition modifications including internal fuel and brake lines, rollcage, turn-buckle harnesses, high-back bucket seats, heater intake delete and an internal battery.
Under the bonnet a big-bore, fully-balanced 1,310cc A-Series engine provides great performance through forged pistons, a lightened flywheel and a big valve stud head. Other sensible performance modifications include a gas-flowed head, SU HIF44 carburettor, LCB exhaust manifold and K&N air filters. The lot also includes the original 998cc Downton-prepared engine in running order.
The suspension and brakes have been uprated with adjustable front tie bars, heavy-duty bushes and a Cooper 'S' braking system. Twin fuel tanks, multi-fusing and a 65-Amp alternator provide reassurance on longer events.
Outside, the competitive specification continues with spot- and fog-lights, sump guard and an original roof rack complete with two studded snow tyres. Very competitive in its day, the car led the inaugural Monte Carlo Challenge in 1990 until the last checkpoint, when a navigation error slipped it to 9th.
The Mini comes with a large history file including a detailed specification sheet, FIA papers, RAC Historic Vehicle Identity and Heritage Certificate, event history photographs (including the 2015 Wessex Rally), timesheets and a wonderful hand-written log of the Monte Carlo. Looking the part, with a great specification and interesting history, this car has a huge amount to offer.