1969 Morris Mini Cooper MkII Saloon Registration no. CLD 892H Chassis no. KA2S6/1345117A Engine no. 9FD-SA-H/34334 (see text)
To many, its designer Alec Issigonis included, the notion that the Mini might have a future as anything other than basic transport was anathema, and the idea of a high-performance version was laughable. One man though, saw it quite differently. John Cooper already knew quite a bit about tuning BMC's A-Series engine (he was running the company's Formula Junior effort at the time) and a test drive in a prototype Mini convinced him of its competition potential. The result, launched in September 1961, was the Mini Cooper. Enlarged to 997cc (later 998cc) the tuned A-Series engine easily met its 55bhp target. The extra power endowed the Mini Cooper with an 85mph-plus top speed and to cope with this increased performance Lockheed developed special 7"-diameter disc brakes for the front wheels. The new car soon established its credentials as a rally and race winner, setting the stage for even faster versions.
This 998cc Mini Cooper MkII comes with BMIHT certificate stating that the engine (number '9FD-SA-H/34334') is non-original but comes from an earlier Mini Cooper model. 'CLD 892H' is very clean and the underside appears very sound; the alloy wheels and interior are in very good condition, and while the car has never been fully rebuilt there are many invoices on file for work carried out over the years. Finished in red/cream with black vinyl interior, this super Mini Cooper is offered with MoT to September 2013 and Swansea V5C, the latter still recording the original engine number.