Austin Mini Cooper 1275S 1966 sold for £18,125 at the April 25th Classic Car Auction
A genuine barn find. Possible second owner moved to Swanage in the late sixties and that is where the car stayed. The next owner purchased her in September 77 and hardly used her. We have the last tax disc expiring in June 80 and MOT issued in September 79, mileage reading 87853. There are service bills July 71 until November 79. After that, into store she went. Fast forward to August 11 when the vendor at last persuaded the then owners to sell her to him. It took him nearly 30 years. There are service bills for recommissioning dated 2009. Not a rust bucket. It has taken me the best part of 18 months to persuade the vendor to enter this unique car into our classic auction. Comes with heritage certificate.
Now the condition: Mechanically she is on the button and sounds superb. New stainless steel exhaust system fitted. Sadly, the storage was not the best, but she is very sound and solid, correct gaps etc. She will need painting and the trim needs attention. She stands on the correct S wheels and 40 year old Michelin tyres. What an opportunity to acquire a car, which in the hands of Paddy Hopkirk driving the works 1275 S’s took the world by storm.
Estimated sale price: £15,000 – £20,000 Condition: Mechanically 1 Body 3
Sold for £18,125.
Additional Information on the Mini Cooper S
“The Mini Cooper S won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, 1965 and 1967. Minis were initially placed first, second and third in the 1966 rally as well, but were disqualified after a controversial decision by the French judges. The disqualification related to the use of a variable resistance headlamp dimming circuit in place of a dual-filament lamp. It should be noted that the Citroën DS that was eventually awarded first place had illegal white headlamps but escaped disqualification. The driver of the Citroën, Pauli Toivonen, was reluctant to accept the trophy and vowed that he would never race for Citroën again. BMC probably received more publicity from the disqualification than they would have gained from a victory.“
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