Ex-BMC Works Team Paddy Hopkirk/Henry Liddon 1963 RAC Rally, 4th overall, 2nd Touring Car category Raymond Baxter 1965 Monte Carlo Rally, John Gott 1965 International Police Rally,1963 Morris Mini Cooper S Rally Saloon  Chassis no. K/A2S4/384848 Engine no. 9F-SAY-35510

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Ex-BMC Works Team Paddy Hopkirk/Henry Liddon 1963 RAC Rally, 4th overall, 2nd Touring Car category Raymond Baxter 1965 Monte Carlo Rally, John Gott 1965 International Police Rally,1963 Morris Mini Cooper S Rally Saloon
Registration no. 8 EMO Chassis no. K/A2S4/384848 Engine no. 9F-SAY-35510

Sold for £ 67,500 (US$ 90,856) inc. premium
Ex-BMC Works Team Paddy Hopkirk/Henry Liddon 1963 RAC Rally, 4th overall, 2nd Touring Car category Raymond Baxter 1965 Monte Carlo Rally, John Gott 1965 International Police Rally
1963 Morris Mini Cooper S Rally Saloon
Registration no. 8 EMO
Chassis no. K/A2S4/384848
Engine no. 9F-SAY-35510

Footnotes

  • As confirmed by an original logbook in the history file, Morris Cooper S chassis K/A2S4/384848 was manufactured in 1963 when it was allocated the 8 EMO registration by the Berkshire County Council for first owners the MG Car Company of Abingdon. The registration document records that the early 1071cc Cooper S engine fitted at the time was 9F/SA/X19754, which, along with the car, was prepared by the BMC Competition Department at Abingdon for the 1963 RAC International Rally of Great Britain in which works drivers Paddy Hopkirk and Henry Liddon finished 4th place overall and 2nd in the Touring Car category. The crew’s ‘Competition Notes’, a copy of which are with the car and which were handed to Chief Mechanic Dougie Watts at the finish, record that up to 8000rpm was used at times and only driveshaft couplings and shock absorbers were changed during the event.
    Still in 1071 S form, 8 EMO was then employed by Abingdon as a reconnaissance car for the famous Hopkirk/Liddon 1964 Monte Carlo Rally win, the BMC team taking both class award and the prestigious Manufacturer’s Team Prize. A period press photo-call captures the victorious works Minis arriving back in the UK by aircraft with 8 EMO among them. Apart from doing further recce work on both the Tulip and Alpine rallies as well as being a practice car for the Tour de France, it was also extensively used to test and develop competition parts.
    Twelve pages of Competition Department ‘Specification Sheets’ detail the preparation that was then carried out by technician Moylan for 8 EMO to be readied for the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally as a Group III 970 S car for legendary broadcaster Raymond Baxter and co-driver Jack Scott, one of three Monte entries with the then new hydrolastic suspension. The Abingdon rolling road test report records that with a 731 cam and 4.26:1 final drive, maximum power of 48bhp at 6600rpm was recorded at the wheels, 0-60mph took 12 seconds and a 90 mph top speed could be sustained. A letter on file from Baxter recalls how the engine blew up 50 miles from the Minsk start however and, although a replacement engine was hastily sourced by the works, the Russian authorities did not provide the necessary authorisation for the flight and so the car could not start the rally.
    Safely back at Abingdon, and following an engine change notification recorded in the log book, 8 EMO was then fitted with a 1275cc engine 9F-SAY-35510 and loaned to John Gott, Chief Constable of Northamptonshire, for the former BMC Rally Team Captain to drive on the 1965 International Police Rally. Along with a works Healey 3000, a John Cooper race Mini, a BMC-engined racing car from Ken Tyrrell’s stable and an MGB, 8 EMO also took part in a BMC Team Car Performance Evaluation Day at Silverstone driven by various luminaries including works stars Hopkirk, Aaltonen and Makinen and an up and coming Jackie Stewart who recorded the fastest lap. During practice car employment by Hopkirk in August 1965 for the 1000 lakes Rally in Finland, a photograph of 8 EMO also appeared in the 3 September issue of Autosport.
    Such was the success in competition of the Issigonis-engineered concept that works entered Minis won the Monte in 1964, 1965 and 1967, and achieved what is generally regarded as having been another win in 1966 where Minis were famously disqualified from the first three places because the headlamp dipping system was deemed to be non-standard. Having been used as a recce car for that now infamous 1966 Monte by navigators Paul Easter and Henry Liddon , 8 EMO certainly contributed to that moral victory.
    Having been modified and rebuilt many times, as was the case with most works cars of the period, the car was sold in July 1966 to the second recorded owners Oswald Tillotsons, the BMC Main Dealership in Lancashire for whom BMC co-driver Mike Wood used to work. By March 1968, Burnley privateer Geoff Halliwell was at the wheel, driving 8 EMO on rallies and at the Harewood hillclimb. Further changes of ownership were then registered in the log book with new owners in Cheshire and North Wales and a colour change to green recorded. 8 EMO was finally re-discovered laid up and in need of total restoration in 1983.
    Having been completely rebuilt over several years to its 1965 1275 S specification and returned to correct red with white roof paintwork by the founder of the ex-Works Abingdon Minis Register and therefore a world expert in BMC Competition Department cars, 8 EMO has appeared at numerous motor sporting events and classic car shows winning many awards. It has also been driven again by Paddy Hopkirk and, before his demise, was also reunited with Raymond Baxter. EVO magazine’s second issue also featured the car in December 1998 when it was driven by the late Tony Pond.
    In current specification, the car is usable for historic road rallies and could complete in speed events or track days. It would, of course, be a welcome addition to any historic rally car display or demonstration run. Whilst following upgrades to the safety equipment, it should also be able to take part in international historic rallies such as the Monte. Apart from having period RAC and Monte provenance, 8 EMO is also almost certainly the only works Mini Cooper S to have been fitted in period with all three S engines of 970cc, 1071cc and 1275cc capacity. This most historic early Mini Cooper S is offered here today with original BMC Works records and much history, both period logbook and earlier V5 as well as later V5C, which confirm all numbers, and a current MOT valid until March of next year.
Ex-BMC Works Team Paddy Hopkirk/Henry Liddon 1963 RAC Rally, 4th overall, 2nd Touring Car category Raymond Baxter 1965 Monte Carlo Rally, John Gott 1965 International Police Rally,1963 Morris Mini Cooper S Rally Saloon  Chassis no. K/A2S4/384848 Engine no. 9F-SAY-35510
Ex-BMC Works Team Paddy Hopkirk/Henry Liddon 1963 RAC Rally, 4th overall, 2nd Touring Car category Raymond Baxter 1965 Monte Carlo Rally, John Gott 1965 International Police Rally,1963 Morris Mini Cooper S Rally Saloon  Chassis no. K/A2S4/384848 Engine no. 9F-SAY-35510
Ex-BMC Works Team Paddy Hopkirk/Henry Liddon 1963 RAC Rally, 4th overall, 2nd Touring Car category Raymond Baxter 1965 Monte Carlo Rally, John Gott 1965 International Police Rally,1963 Morris Mini Cooper S Rally Saloon  Chassis no. K/A2S4/384848 Engine no. 9F-SAY-35510
Ex-BMC Works Team Paddy Hopkirk/Henry Liddon 1963 RAC Rally, 4th overall, 2nd Touring Car category Raymond Baxter 1965 Monte Carlo Rally, John Gott 1965 International Police Rally,1963 Morris Mini Cooper S Rally Saloon  Chassis no. K/A2S4/384848 Engine no. 9F-SAY-35510
Ex-BMC Works Team Paddy Hopkirk/Henry Liddon 1963 RAC Rally, 4th overall, 2nd Touring Car category Raymond Baxter 1965 Monte Carlo Rally, John Gott 1965 International Police Rally,1963 Morris Mini Cooper S Rally Saloon  Chassis no. K/A2S4/384848 Engine no. 9F-SAY-35510
Ex-BMC Works Team Paddy Hopkirk/Henry Liddon 1963 RAC Rally, 4th overall, 2nd Touring Car category Raymond Baxter 1965 Monte Carlo Rally, John Gott 1965 International Police Rally,1963 Morris Mini Cooper S Rally Saloon  Chassis no. K/A2S4/384848 Engine no. 9F-SAY-35510
Ex-BMC Works Team Paddy Hopkirk/Henry Liddon 1963 RAC Rally, 4th overall, 2nd Touring Car category Raymond Baxter 1965 Monte Carlo Rally, John Gott 1965 International Police Rally,1963 Morris Mini Cooper S Rally Saloon  Chassis no. K/A2S4/384848 Engine no. 9F-SAY-35510
Ex-BMC Works Team Paddy Hopkirk/Henry Liddon 1963 RAC Rally, 4th overall, 2nd Touring Car category Raymond Baxter 1965 Monte Carlo Rally, John Gott 1965 International Police Rally,1963 Morris Mini Cooper S Rally Saloon  Chassis no. K/A2S4/384848 Engine no. 9F-SAY-35510
Ex-BMC Works Team Paddy Hopkirk/Henry Liddon 1963 RAC Rally, 4th overall, 2nd Touring Car category Raymond Baxter 1965 Monte Carlo Rally, John Gott 1965 International Police Rally,1963 Morris Mini Cooper S Rally Saloon  Chassis no. K/A2S4/384848 Engine no. 9F-SAY-35510
Ex-BMC Works Team Paddy Hopkirk/Henry Liddon 1963 RAC Rally, 4th overall, 2nd Touring Car category Raymond Baxter 1965 Monte Carlo Rally, John Gott 1965 International Police Rally,1963 Morris Mini Cooper S Rally Saloon  Chassis no. K/A2S4/384848 Engine no. 9F-SAY-35510
Ex-BMC Works Team Paddy Hopkirk/Henry Liddon 1963 RAC Rally, 4th overall, 2nd Touring Car category Raymond Baxter 1965 Monte Carlo Rally, John Gott 1965 International Police Rally,1963 Morris Mini Cooper S Rally Saloon  Chassis no. K/A2S4/384848 Engine no. 9F-SAY-35510
Ex-BMC Works Team Paddy Hopkirk/Henry Liddon 1963 RAC Rally, 4th overall, 2nd Touring Car category Raymond Baxter 1965 Monte Carlo Rally, John Gott 1965 International Police Rally,1963 Morris Mini Cooper S Rally Saloon  Chassis no. K/A2S4/384848 Engine no. 9F-SAY-35510
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