1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A

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Lot 261
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII

Sold for € 20,700 (US$ 25,136) inc. premium
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII
Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
•One of only 1,572 MkIII models built
•Present ownership since 2016
•Excellent condition
•Registered in France

Footnotes

  • Despite being conceived as basic transport for the masses, the Mini caught the imagination of racing car manufacturer John Cooper, whose drive in a prototype convinced him of its competition potential. Cooper already knew a lot about tuning BMC's A-Series engine - he was running the company's Formula Junior effort at the time – and applied his knowledge in developing a high-performance Mini. 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 (161km/h) - an astonishing performance at the time.

    One of 1,572 built, 792 of which were delivered in the UK, this rare Mini Cooper 'S' MkIII left the Longbridge factory on 10th May 1971 (see BMIHT Archive document on file). The present owner bought the car in 2016; it is in excellent condition and comes with a French Carte Grise.

    Mini Cooper 1275 cm3 'S' MkIII 1971
    Châssis n° XAD1 412840A

    •L'une des 1 572 seules MkIII produites
    •Entre les mains de son propriétaire depuis 2016
    •Excellent état
    •Immatriculée en France

    Bien que conçue comme moyen de transport basique pour le grand public, la Mini attira l'attention de John Cooper, le constructeur de voitures de course, que l'essai d'un prototype avait convaincu du potentiel sportif de la voiture. Cooper savait s'y prendre pour gonfler les moteur BMC série A – il dirigeait alors la Formule Junior de la firme – et il mit son savoir-faire à profit pour développer une version hautes performances de la Mini. Cela déboucha sur la présentation en septembre 1961 de la Mini Cooper, une voiture qui proposait un équilibre taille/prix/performance qui relevait du miracle. La Mini Cooper ne tarda pas à se poser en vainqueur en rallye et en course ; le terrain était prêt pour des versions encore plus rapides. La première d'entre elles, la Mini Cooper 'S' 1963 de 1 071 cm3, poussa un peu plus loin le développement de son moteur et jeta les bases des 971 'S' and 1 275 'S' de 1964. La dernière Mini de cette ère, la 'S' de 1 275 cm3, délivrait ses 76 chevaux tout en restant exceptionnellement souple et vous assurait un bon 160 km/h, vitesse étonnante pour l'époque.

    Sur les 1 572 construites, 792 furent livrées au Royaume-Uni. Cette rare Mini Cooper 'S' MkIII quitta l'usine de Longbridge le 10 mai 1971 (Cf. dans le dossier le document issu des archives de la BMIHT). Son propriétaire actuel l'a acquise en 2016. Elle est en excellent état et est proposée avec sa carte grise française.
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1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
1971 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkIII   Chassis no. XAD1 412840A
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