20th Oct, 2022 15:00

The Fast Road Sale @ Imperial War Museum, Duxford

 
Lot 338
 

1968 Austin Mini Cooper S 1275 Mk2

Sold for £27,000

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: WLH 297G
Chassis No: CA2SB/118701A
MOT: Exempt

  • A genuine 1968 Mini Cooper S Mk2
  • Known to the Mini Cooper Register and with BMHT certicicate
  • An older complete restoration
  • History file includes restoration photos and invoices
  • Desirable extras

The Mini was actually detuned before launch in 1959. The prototype's 948cc engine made it embarrassingly rapid compared with other more expensive cars in the BMC group, and it was downgraded to 848cc and 34bhp. A collaboration between racing car builder John Cooper and the Mini’s creator Alec Issigonis, the Mini Cooper debuted in September 1961 with the ultimate 1275cc S variant arriving three years later. Famously winning the Monte Carlo Rally for the third time in 1967, that same year saw the Mini updated to MkII specification complete with redesigned radiator grille, revamped interior, larger rear windscreen and a host of other minor changes. Total MkII Cooper S production across both Austin and Morris brands amounted to just 6,300 cars.

Built on the 21st of August 1968 and issued the London registration number ‘WLH 297G’in February of 1969, this is a 1968 MkII Mini Cooper S that is known to the Mini Cooper Register. It will come as no surprise then that this S is accompanied by a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate. The BMIHT Certificate states that the car was built for the right-hand drive home market in Snowberry White with a Black roof . The car has previously benefitted from an extensive restoration some years ago, c.1989, and still appears to be in excellent order, with the paintwork holding up well. ‘WLH’ wears some desirable extras that include MkII Cooper S factory-style reclining seats (from Newton Commercial in 2015), Dunlop alloy wheels, a tachometer, a polished steering wheel and period front spot lamps.

Of the many receipts, an engine, gearbox and head overhaul was carried out in 2002 by MED Race Engines of Leicester. A history file includes sundry restoration photos, numerous bills, old tax discs and MOT certificates and so on, dating back through the decades.

For more information, please contact:
Mike Davis
mike.davis@handh.co.uk
07718 584217

 

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Auction: The Fast Road Sale @ Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 20th Oct, 2022

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