1970 Mini Cooper 'S' MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. XAD1 75723AS

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Lot 588
1970 Mini Cooper 'S' MkIII Sports Saloon
Registration no. not UK registered Chassis no. XAD1 75723AS

Sold for £ 13,666 (US$ 17,812) inc. premium
1970 Mini Cooper 'S' MkIII Sports Saloon
Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. XAD1 75723AS
*Delivered new in the UK
*Present ownership since 2012
*Used for historic events and well maintained
*Registered in Austria

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 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 - an astonishing performance at the time.

    This rare Mini Cooper 'S' MkIII is one of 1572 built, of which 792 were delivered to the UK like this example, which was owned for many years by Philip Splett, the PRO of the Mini Cooper Register. During his ownership, this car won its class in the 1991 Concours d'Élégance in Beaulieu and was presented with its award by none other than John Cooper himself (photographs on file). In 1993 the car was sold to an Austrian Mini specialist, and it remained in their collection until 2012 when it was sold to the current owners. During their tenure, it has been used for historic events and has always been correctly serviced, successfully completing every event entered.

    This Cooper 'S' incorporates many desirable period-correct accessories including fog lamps, MotoLita steering wheel, rev counter, tyres, bucket seats, Halda trip master, '123' electronic ignition, and Minilite wheels among others. It is described by the vendor as in good working order throughout, with good panel fit and nice interior. In addition to the current Austrian registration document it comes with the old UK V5 and a comprehensive history file. The original '130mph' speedometer and original UK numberplates are included in the sale.

    Worthy of the closest inspection, 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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1970 Mini Cooper 'S' MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. XAD1 75723AS
1970 Mini Cooper 'S' MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. XAD1 75723AS
1970 Mini Cooper 'S' MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. XAD1 75723AS
1970 Mini Cooper 'S' MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. XAD1 75723AS
1970 Mini Cooper 'S' MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. XAD1 75723AS
1970 Mini Cooper 'S' MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. XAD1 75723AS
1970 Mini Cooper 'S' MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. XAD1 75723AS
1970 Mini Cooper 'S' MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. XAD1 75723AS
1970 Mini Cooper 'S' MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. XAD1 75723AS
1970 Mini Cooper 'S' MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. XAD1 75723AS
1970 Mini Cooper 'S' MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. XAD1 75723AS
1970 Mini Cooper 'S' MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. XAD1 75723AS
1970 Mini Cooper 'S' MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. XAD1 75723AS
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