1969 Austin Mini Cooper 'S' Sports Saloon, Chassis no. C-A2SB/1300889-A Engine no. 9F-XE-Y/53433
Lot 330
1969 Austin Mini Cooper 'S' Sports Saloon,
Registration no. AWU 591G Chassis no. C-A2SB/1300889-A Engine no. 9F-XE-Y/53433
Sold for £9,416 (US$ 11,887) inc. premium

Lot Details
1969 Austin Mini Cooper 'S' Sports Saloon, Chassis no. C-A2SB/1300889-A Engine no. 9F-XE-Y/53433 1969 Austin Mini Cooper 'S' Sports Saloon, Chassis no. C-A2SB/1300889-A Engine no. 9F-XE-Y/53433 1969 Austin Mini Cooper 'S' Sports Saloon, Chassis no. C-A2SB/1300889-A Engine no. 9F-XE-Y/53433 1969 Austin Mini Cooper 'S' Sports Saloon, Chassis no. C-A2SB/1300889-A Engine no. 9F-XE-Y/53433 1969 Austin Mini Cooper 'S' Sports Saloon, Chassis no. C-A2SB/1300889-A Engine no. 9F-XE-Y/53433 1969 Austin Mini Cooper 'S' Sports Saloon, Chassis no. C-A2SB/1300889-A Engine no. 9F-XE-Y/53433 1969 Austin Mini Cooper 'S' Sports Saloon, Chassis no. C-A2SB/1300889-A Engine no. 9F-XE-Y/53433 1969 Austin Mini Cooper 'S' Sports Saloon, Chassis no. C-A2SB/1300889-A Engine no. 9F-XE-Y/53433 1969 Austin Mini Cooper 'S' Sports Saloon, Chassis no. C-A2SB/1300889-A Engine no. 9F-XE-Y/53433 1969 Austin Mini Cooper 'S' Sports Saloon, Chassis no. C-A2SB/1300889-A Engine no. 9F-XE-Y/53433 1969 Austin Mini Cooper 'S' Sports Saloon, Chassis no. C-A2SB/1300889-A Engine no. 9F-XE-Y/53433
1969 Austin Mini Cooper 'S' Sports Saloon

Registration no. AWU 591G
Chassis no. C-A2SB/1300889-A
Engine no. 9F-XE-Y/53433

Footnotes

  • Considered by automobile historians to be one of the most important and influential designs ever, the Austin/Morris Mini was in production for 40 years and today remains the most enduring icon of the British motor industry.

    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. Racing car manufacturer 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 the car's competition potential. The result, launched in September 1961, was the Mini Cooper, a car that offered a size/price/performance package that was nothing short of miraculous. The Mini Cooper soon established its credentials as a rally and race winner, and the stage was set for even faster versions. The first of these - the 1,071cc Mini Cooper 'S' of 1963 - took engine development a stage further and provided the basis for the 971 'S' and 1275 'S' of 1964. The ultimate Mini of its day, the 1275 'S' pumped out 76bhp while remaining exceptionally flexible and was good for a genuine 100mph - an astonishing performance at the time.

    This 1275 'S' was purchased by the current (third) owner in 1975, the second owner being the foreman of a garage in Dorking, Surrey. 'AWU 591G' was treated to a major overhaul in 1980/1981, in the course of which the red part of its livery was re-sprayed, while in 2003 the engine was rebuilt and converted to 'unleaded' compatibility. Period-correct modifications include Dunlop wheels, BMC Special Tuning seats, Yale locks and a Weathershield sunroof, the latter probably fitted from new. Offered with sundry bills, current road fund licence, MoT to February 2014 and Swansea V5, this lovely Cooper S, although not fast by modern standards, it is still just about as much fun as you can have on four wheels.
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