20th Sep, 2023 12:00

30th Anniversary Sale at The Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Lot 421

1964 Morris Mini Cooper S 1071

Lot details

Registration No: BRT 971C
Chassis No: K-A2S4/563438
MOT: Exempt

  • Among the last Cooper S 1071 cars made and so not registered until January 1965
  • Originally specified with an oil cooler, 4.5 inch wide wheel rims and 3.44:1 final drive ratio
  • Self-evidently the subject of much past restoration work

Introduced a year before its ‘1275’ and ‘970’ siblings, the ‘1071’ was not only the original Cooper S derivative but also the first to conquer the Monte Carlo Rally. As well as subtle ‘S’ badges and inset vented nine-slot steel wheels, the newcomer sported overriders and corner nerf guards to its front / rear bumpers. Inside, the four-seater featured a 120mph speedometer, solid ashtray lid and carpeted boot board etc. Powered by a productionised (1071cc) version of the Formula Junior race unit that Morris Engines had developed, the model was primarily intended for competition use with Cooper S cars (in both Austin and Morris guises) soon becoming a familiar sight on racetracks and rally stages alike. Rarer than a ‘1275’ and more tractable than a ‘970’, the Cooper S ‘1071’ was only in production from March 7th 1963 – August 27th 1964 with a mere 4,030 or so being completed.

According to its accompanying British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate, chassis K-A2S4/563438 was built on 23rd June 1964 complete with a fresh air heater, oil cooler, 3.44:1 final drive ratio and 4½ wide wheel rims. Despatched to The Morris Garages Ltd of Oxford two days later, it was not issued with the East Suffolk number plate ‘BRT 971C’ until January 1st 1965. A photocopied continuation logbook on file shows that the Mini has been repainted from its initial Tweed Grey to Red by the early 1970s. Self-evidently the subject of an extensive restoration in the past with parts being replaced or refurbished as necessary, the Cooper S remains highly presentable. Starting readily and running well during our recent photography session, the diminutive saloon is nicely detailed with a 1964-dated wiper motor, period ‘Paddy Hopkirk’ throttle pedal and authentic Coopers air filter sticker etc. Offered for sale with V5C Registration Document, BMIHT Certificate and sundry paperwork.

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
07855 493737


All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

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Auction: 30th Anniversary Sale at The Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 20th Sep, 2023

Established in 1993, H&H has sold some of the world's most significant motorcars and motorcycles over the past 30 years. Now owned by its employees and trusted by over 75,000 clients worldwide, we are the longest established auction house of our kind in Europe.


Buyers, bidders and attendees will enjoy a special day in the prestigious Imperial War Museum with some fantastic treats including.
Drinks Reception   |   Music   |   Guest Speakers

With each successful bidder receiving a specially selected hamper.

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Tuesday 19th September 2023 from 1pm to 8pm
Wednesday 20th September 2023 from 9am


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