Price: R565,000Year: 1966
Mileage: 68, 000km
On offer is a period correct, numbers matching 1275cc MK1 Cooper S and is very very correct in every shape way and form. The car is mechanically superb. The Austin Mini is a truly classless automobile that was embraced by everyone from the working man to the Royal Family.Despite its pragmatic purpose the Mini’s innovative hydrolastic suspension and “square” stance gave it tremendous kart-like cornering ability. This captured the attention of Issigonis’ friend racing car builder John Cooper. Together the pair persuaded reluctant BMC management to allow them to develop a hot version of the Mini for homologation purposes. The resulting Mini-Cooper featured a larger engine front disc brakes twin SU carbs and a close ratio gearbox. The Cooper was followed by the Cooper S with 1071 cc or 1275 cc engines to homologate the car for the Under-1100 and Under-1300 classes respectively. The Cooper and Cooper S took the rallying world by storm and could also be seen handily whipping much larger competition in the British Saloon Car championship.