Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1966  Morris Mini Cooper 'S' Saloon  Chassis no. L109758/FE1680082 (see text) Engine no. 9FS.SA.Y.42686
Lot 351
1966 Morris Mini Cooper 'S' Saloon
Registration no. GMR 135D Chassis no. L109758/FE1680082 (see text) Engine no. 9FS.SA.Y.42686
Sold for £20,125 (US$ 32,885) inc. premium

Lot Details
Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1966  Morris Mini Cooper 'S' Saloon  Chassis no. L109758/FE1680082 (see text) Engine no. 9FS.SA.Y.42686 Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1966  Morris Mini Cooper 'S' Saloon  Chassis no. L109758/FE1680082 (see text) Engine no. 9FS.SA.Y.42686 Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1966  Morris Mini Cooper 'S' Saloon  Chassis no. L109758/FE1680082 (see text) Engine no. 9FS.SA.Y.42686 Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1966  Morris Mini Cooper 'S' Saloon  Chassis no. L109758/FE1680082 (see text) Engine no. 9FS.SA.Y.42686 Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1966  Morris Mini Cooper 'S' Saloon  Chassis no. L109758/FE1680082 (see text) Engine no. 9FS.SA.Y.42686 Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1966  Morris Mini Cooper 'S' Saloon  Chassis no. L109758/FE1680082 (see text) Engine no. 9FS.SA.Y.42686 Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1966  Morris Mini Cooper 'S' Saloon  Chassis no. L109758/FE1680082 (see text) Engine no. 9FS.SA.Y.42686 Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1966  Morris Mini Cooper 'S' Saloon  Chassis no. L109758/FE1680082 (see text) Engine no. 9FS.SA.Y.42686 Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1966  Morris Mini Cooper 'S' Saloon  Chassis no. L109758/FE1680082 (see text) Engine no. 9FS.SA.Y.42686 Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1966  Morris Mini Cooper 'S' Saloon  Chassis no. L109758/FE1680082 (see text) Engine no. 9FS.SA.Y.42686 Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1966  Morris Mini Cooper 'S' Saloon  Chassis no. L109758/FE1680082 (see text) Engine no. 9FS.SA.Y.42686 Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1966  Morris Mini Cooper 'S' Saloon  Chassis no. L109758/FE1680082 (see text) Engine no. 9FS.SA.Y.42686 Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1966  Morris Mini Cooper 'S' Saloon  Chassis no. L109758/FE1680082 (see text) Engine no. 9FS.SA.Y.42686 Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1966  Morris Mini Cooper 'S' Saloon  Chassis no. L109758/FE1680082 (see text) Engine no. 9FS.SA.Y.42686
Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new
1966 Morris Mini Cooper 'S' Saloon
Registration no. GMR 135D
Chassis no. L109758/FE1680082 (see text)
Engine no. 9FS.SA.Y.42686

Footnotes

  • First registered on 10th October 1966, this Mini Cooper S is the most important of all the vehicles owned by Alex Moulton and was his personal favourite. It is of great historical significance and has not been seen in public for many years. 'GMR 135D' has been extensively modified and reworked by several acknowledged Mini experts and comes with a large file of supporting paperwork, some of which is highly desirable in its own right and certain to be of immense interest to Mini historians.

    From 1965 Alex began thinking about buying a Mini Cooper. He was well acquainted with several of the racing and tuning experts who had been up-rating the Mini for competition purposes, in particular the legendary Daniel Richmond and his wife, Bunty, who owned and ran Downton Engineering in the village of Downton near Salisbury. In the accompanying history file there is correspondence between Alex and Downton Engineering, firstly enquiring after a special tuning kit for a Morris 1100 (this letter was replied to personally and signed by 'Bunty') and then, dating from August 1966, an order with Downton for a new Mini Cooper 'S' to be supplied 'with Alec's (Alec Issigonis) acquiescence, with an automatic gearbox'. This was obviously not approved of by 'Issi' as the car was delivered with manual transmission! The original sales invoice for 'GMR 135D' is dated 22nd September 1966 for a total (after discount and the addition of delivery charges, etc) of £784 5s 10d. Some of Alex's paperwork is addressed personally to 'Daniel' (Richmond). More letters refer to tuning and other modifications carried out by Downton Engineering shortly after Alex took delivery and also to his subsequent delight at the car's performance once it was returned to Bradford-on-Avon.

    Over the following dozen-or-so years, 'GMR 135D' underwent many modifications, some of which are referred to in the file. Around 1968 the car was stripped down and rebuilt using a new Mark 2 bodyshell, the floor being specially stiffened with glassfibre, increasing the rigidity and weight for better roadholding. A Webasto fabric sunroof was fitted at this time and roof itself covered in black vinyl. The bodyshell was painted in the original colour scheme of Island Blue by Colour Developments Ltd (Arthur H Meaden, Coachworks, Ltd) of Frome Road, Bradford-on-Avon. The suspension was refined and a Hydragas system fitted. This was an early experiment and helped pave the way for the introduction of Hydragas to mainstream production, starting with the Austin Allegro in 1973. The front passenger seat was removed and a Rolls-Royce Shadow style passenger seat installed at the nearside rear to enable Alex to be driven in style! The driver's seat was modified to Alex's own specification and the interior re-trimmed in black.

    In 1980 the Mini was retired for several years, re-emerging in the early 1990s. In 1994 Richard Longman & Co of Christchurch, Dorset, fitted a Jack Knight five-speed manual gearbox at a cost of £2,800. (Longman was a former championship rally driver who had worked for Daniel Richmond at Downton Engineering before starting his own specialist business). The engine has been modified and tuned by Longman more than once, and in 2002 this included the fitting of an electronic distributor. (It has not been modified to accept unleaded petrol). Twin electric fuel pumps are installed, also a Kenlowe electric cooling fan. In 1995 a new VIN plate had to be fitted for MoT identification purposes. Presumably this had been overlooked when the new bodyshell was fitted. Somerford Minis of Great Somerford, Wiltshire fitted a new rear sub-frame in 2006.

    From 1989 until 2005 routine maintenance and repairs were carried out by Bradford-on-Avon Rover specialist E W Stone Ltd of Station Garage, St Margaret's Street. This was a former BMC/BL/Austin Rover dealership favoured by Alex for many years. Stone's closed in 2006 but their repair record cards were copied and are included in the history file. In addition there are miscellaneous papers such as MoT and licensing documents, magazine articles, technical literature, photographs, catalogues and other items too numerous to mention. The most recent MoT certificate expired in August 2011. Currently SORN'd, 'GMR 135D' comes with V5C registration document and will require re-commissioning before returning to the road.

    Over many years Alex demonstrated this car to many influential design engineers and motor industry executives, and some of these demonstrations featured in magazine and newspaper articles. The Mini Cooper also appears in Alex's autobiography, published in 2009. In short: this is a very important vehicle that is being offered for sale for the first time ever on the open market and is certain to attract worldwide attention.

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