1966 Austin Mk1 Cooper to 'S' FIA-specification Competition Saloon  Chassis no. C-A2S7-L 918419
Lot 33
1966 Austin Mk1 Cooper to 'S' FIA-specification Competition Saloon
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1966 Austin Mk1 Cooper to 'S' FIA-specification Competition Saloon  Chassis no. C-A2S7-L 918419 1966 Austin Mk1 Cooper to 'S' FIA-specification Competition Saloon  Chassis no. C-A2S7-L 918419 1966 Austin Mk1 Cooper to 'S' FIA-specification Competition Saloon  Chassis no. C-A2S7-L 918419 1966 Austin Mk1 Cooper to 'S' FIA-specification Competition Saloon  Chassis no. C-A2S7-L 918419 1966 Austin Mk1 Cooper to 'S' FIA-specification Competition Saloon  Chassis no. C-A2S7-L 918419 1966 Austin Mk1 Cooper to 'S' FIA-specification Competition Saloon  Chassis no. C-A2S7-L 918419 1966 Austin Mk1 Cooper to 'S' FIA-specification Competition Saloon  Chassis no. C-A2S7-L 918419 1966 Austin Mk1 Cooper to 'S' FIA-specification Competition Saloon  Chassis no. C-A2S7-L 918419 1966 Austin Mk1 Cooper to 'S' FIA-specification Competition Saloon  Chassis no. C-A2S7-L 918419 1966 Austin Mk1 Cooper to 'S' FIA-specification Competition Saloon  Chassis no. C-A2S7-L 918419 1966 Austin Mk1 Cooper to 'S' FIA-specification Competition Saloon  Chassis no. C-A2S7-L 918419 1966 Austin Mk1 Cooper to 'S' FIA-specification Competition Saloon  Chassis no. C-A2S7-L 918419 1966 Austin Mk1 Cooper to 'S' FIA-specification Competition Saloon  Chassis no. C-A2S7-L 918419 1966 Austin Mk1 Cooper to 'S' FIA-specification Competition Saloon  Chassis no. C-A2S7-L 918419
1966 Austin Mk1 Cooper to 'S' FIA-specification Competition Saloon
Chassis no. C-A2S7-L 918419
•Originally manufactured as a 998cc Mini Cooper
•Delivered new to the Netherlands
•Restored and rebuilt to right-hand drive Cooper 'S' specification in 2015
•1,275cc, 106bhp engine
•FIA papers (Class CT7) valid until 31.12.2026
•998cc engine included

To many people - 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.

Originally left-hand drive, this Mini Cooper was exported new to the Netherlands; completely restored and prepared to Cooper 'S' racing specification during 2015/2016, it is described by the vendor as in effectively 'new' condition throughout, and is ready to race. The rebuild was carried out to a very high standard by Verbaas Preparations of the Netherlands; all the engine and clutch components were bought from Nick Swift Tuning, and since completion the car has been driven only once, at the Zandvoort circuit.

Specification highlights include a lightened and strengthened bodyshell; racing suspension (including Koni dampers); welded-in roll cage with certificate by Verbaas Rreparations; full race engine incorporating numerous Swiftune performance components; close-ratio straight-cut gearbox; Salisbury Powr-Lok differential (3.9:1); aluminum foam-filled fuel tank; Lexan windows; lightweight race battery; Stack rev counter; Sparco seat (valid until 2020); and a QSP harness (valid until 2020).

Accompanying paperwork consists of the original title document, roll-bar safety certificate, Netherlands registration papers, FIA Historic Technical Passport, and a BMIHT certificate. This very competitive race-car is ready to go and eligible for many of the most prestigious historic events such as the Spa Summer Classic, Silverstone Classic, Goodwood Revival, etc.
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