Believed to be the earliest surviving Australian,1965 Morris Mini Cooper S Mark 1  Chassis no. YKG2S2/505 Engine no. 9FSAY45885 (see text)

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Lot 317
Believed to be the earliest surviving Australian, 1965 Morris Mini Cooper S Mark 1
Chassis no. YKG2S2/505 Engine no. 9FSAY45885 (see text)

AU$ 25,000 - 30,000
US$ 17,000 - 20,000
Believed to be the earliest surviving Australian
1965 Morris Mini Cooper S Mark 1
Chassis no. YKG2S2/505
Engine no. 9FSAY45885 (see text)
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 though - 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 - astonishing performance at the time. From September 1965 BMC assembled local CKD Cooper 'S' Minis at Zetland and these cars differed slightly in having twin 50-litre fuel tanks, laminated windscreens and three point seatbelts.

A well known car in the local Mini community, this may well be the oldest surviving example of an Australian-made Mk 1 Cooper S. The ID plate and chassis number confirms it was the fifth one off the line, with production beginning at 501. The original engine was replaced some years ago with a period unit, recently rebuilt by a local NSW Mini specialist, as was the clutch. The vehicle comes with receipts for all work carried out. The Mini was also taken back to its original factory colours of Toga White over Marine blue. Modifications to the car are few but include later Mk 2 wheelarch flares, gearstick and speedo as well as a Mk 2 gearbox while the engine has been re-bored 0.060", bringing its capacity out to 1,330cc with 9.75:1 compression. Still fitted with correct twin SU carburettors and manifolds, this Cooper S drives exactly as a Mini should. To be sold registered in NSW until November 2011.
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Believed to be the earliest surviving Australian,1965 Morris Mini Cooper S Mark 1  Chassis no. YKG2S2/505 Engine no. 9FSAY45885 (see text)
Believed to be the earliest surviving Australian,1965 Morris Mini Cooper S Mark 1  Chassis no. YKG2S2/505 Engine no. 9FSAY45885 (see text)
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