1970 Mini Cooper  1,275cc 'S' MkII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. C-2ASB/1373558

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Lot 22
1970 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkII Sports Saloon
Registration no. VKA 310H Chassis no. C-2ASB/1373558

Sold for £ 31,050 (US$ 42,698) inc. premium
1970 Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' MkII Sports Saloon
Registration no. VKA 310H
Chassis no. C-2ASB/1373558
*Ex-Liverpool Police
*Recent no-expense-spared restoration
*Can be dressed as a Police car within a few minutes
*Ideal for any of the Goodwood meetings

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 late Cooper S Mark II was delivered new via Lookers of Warrington and registered to Liverpool Police Force in March 1970, forming part of Liverpool & Bootle Constabulary's annual purchase of 27 such cars. Purchased over the period 1967 to 1971, these Mini Coopers were replaced after one year's use. The Mini Cooper Register knows of only eight survivors of the 27 1970 cars, of which only five are still in Police livery.

    Finished in its original shade of Glacier White, 'VKA 310H' benefits from a recent no-expense-spared restoration costing over £30,000. Well known within the owner's club, this Mini can be dressed as a Police car within a few minutes, and so presented would be a guaranteed head-turner at any of the Goodwood meetings. Accompanying documentation includes a BMIHT certificate, a V5C Registration Certificate, and a file of invoices and receipts. Described by the current vendor as in good condition throughout, with very good paintwork, this is an exceptional example of a rare Cooper S variant.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the correct chassis number is C-A25B1373557-A.
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1970 Mini Cooper  1,275cc 'S' MkII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. C-2ASB/1373558
1970 Mini Cooper  1,275cc 'S' MkII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. C-2ASB/1373558
1970 Mini Cooper  1,275cc 'S' MkII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. C-2ASB/1373558
1970 Mini Cooper  1,275cc 'S' MkII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. C-2ASB/1373558
1970 Mini Cooper  1,275cc 'S' MkII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. C-2ASB/1373558
1970 Mini Cooper  1,275cc 'S' MkII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. C-2ASB/1373558
1970 Mini Cooper  1,275cc 'S' MkII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. C-2ASB/1373558
1970 Mini Cooper  1,275cc 'S' MkII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. C-2ASB/1373558
1970 Mini Cooper  1,275cc 'S' MkII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. C-2ASB/1373558
1970 Mini Cooper  1,275cc 'S' MkII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. C-2ASB/1373558
1970 Mini Cooper  1,275cc 'S' MkII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. C-2ASB/1373558
1970 Mini Cooper  1,275cc 'S' MkII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. C-2ASB/1373558
1970 Mini Cooper  1,275cc 'S' MkII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. C-2ASB/1373558
1970 Mini Cooper  1,275cc 'S' MkII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. C-2ASB/1373558
1970 Mini Cooper  1,275cc 'S' MkII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. C-2ASB/1373558
1970 Mini Cooper  1,275cc 'S' MkII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. C-2ASB/1373558
1970 Mini Cooper  1,275cc 'S' MkII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. C-2ASB/1373558
1970 Mini Cooper  1,275cc 'S' MkII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. C-2ASB/1373558
1970 Mini Cooper  1,275cc 'S' MkII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. C-2ASB/1373558
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