Lot 84 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 18th March 2020)
Registration No: ROT416G
Chassis No: KA2S61238045A
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 a 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.
According to its accompanying British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate, chassis KA2S6-1238045A was built on 20th December 1968 and despatched to Wadhams Ltd of Waterlooville three days later. Issued with the Hampshire registration number ‘ROT 416G’ on April 1st 1969, the Morris was sold new to Edward Anthony Egerton-Williams Esq. A DVLA ownership trace on file chronicles every subsequent keeper up until, and including, the previous one Paul Barritt Esq. A long-serving Aston Martin engineer and the marque’s current Vehicle Line Director, Mr Barritt bought the Cooper S in 2007. Treated to an extensive and photographically documented restoration over the next three years, the Mini was also tuned so that it developed 82bhp @ 6,200rpm. Used for hillclimbing at Prescott and Loton Park, the ‘pocket rocket’ was still highly presentable upon entering the current ownership in February 2013 and remains so today. Having been a rally driver in period, the vendor particularly wanted a MKII and was impressed with the workmanship which had gone into ‘ROT 416G’. The chassis and engine numbers visible on the car match those shown on the Heritage Certificate. Worthy of close inspection, this delightful Cooper S is offered for sale with a large history file.
Sold for £26,438
(including buyers premium)