For Sale 1966 Austin Mini Cooper S Mk1
Cooper and Cooper S History
Issigonis' friend John Cooper, owner of the Cooper Car Company and Formula One Manufacturers Champion in 1959 and 1960, saw the potential of the little car, and after some experimentation and testing, the two men collaborated to create a nimble, economical, and inexpensive car. The Austin Mini Cooper and Morris Mini Cooper debuted in September 1961.
The original 848 cc (0.8 L; 51.7 cu in) engine from the Morris Mini-Minor was increased to 997 cc (1.0 L; 60.8 cu in), boosting power from 34 bhp (25 kW) to 55 bhp (41 kW). The car featured a tuned engine, twin HS2 SU carburettors, and 7 in (18 cm) disc brakes, a first at the time in a small car. 1,000 of this iteration were commissioned by management, intended for and designed to meet the homologation rules of Group 2 rally racing. The 997 engine was replaced by a shorter stroke 998 cc (1.0 L; 60.9 cu in) unit in 1964. By the time production of the Cooper model ended in 1967, 12,274 of these popular cars had been sold to the public. A more powerful Mini Cooper, dubbed the "S", was developed in tandem and released in 1963. Featuring a 1,071 cc (1.1 L; 65.4 cu in) engine and larger disc brakes, 4,030 Cooper S's were produced and sold until the 1071 model was deleted in August 1964. Cooper also produced two models specifically for circuit racing, rated at 970 cc (1.0 L; 59.2 cu in) and a 1,275 cc (1.3 L; 77.8 cu in), both of which were also offered to the public. The smaller engine model was not well received and only 961 were built with 970 cc engines until the model was discontinued in April 1965. The 1,275 cc (1.3 L; 77.8 cu in) engined models continued through the Mk2 Mini, finally being killed off in 1971 in the Mk3 bodyshell.
The Cooper S version was also used by some British police departments and the Australian Traffic police as a plainclothes car. The engine was a 1,275 cc (1.3 L; 77.8 cu in) BMC A-series Inline-4 OHV 2 valves per cylinder, producing a maximum power of 76 bhp (57 kW; 77 PS) @ 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 79 lb⋅ft (107 N⋅m) @ 3000 rpm.
The suspension in all UK models was replaced by a Hydrolastic system in 1964. The new suspension created a softer ride, but it also increased weight and production cost; in 1969 the original rubber suspension reappeared except on 1275 GT, Clubman and Cooper S models. Many other production changes occurred over the life of the Mark I Mini
Fiennes Showroom are delighted to be given the opportunity to offer for sale for the very first time with a substantial build file to complement the stunning looking car we present today. Our British Classic Car Heritage has been very well supported for a very long period thanks to the wonderful work from British Motor Heritage Ltd and supporting specialists.
OYO 747F is an iconic car for an investment for the future. Carrying the very first production body shell introduced by British Motor Heritage Ltd which was really a discussion point around a board room table for around 20+ years until the first shell was recreated from clever reverse engineering using most of the original tooling and launched in November 2017 at the NEC.
OYO 747F was commissioned to be built by Somerford Mini who is a highly regarded Heritage approved specialist to build a brand new car using the first production shell which continued the story back to the NEC as a finished car.
A full restoration took place and a large proportion of the car is brand new due to the very well supported parts that are available today.
Finished in the stunning Almond green with an Old English white roof, Porcelain green and dove grey trim with grey carpets riding on the original 10” Old English White wheels and opening rear windows and sliding front windows with the later chrome interior door handles.
The engine and gearbox was fully rebuilt as a 1293cc by Pitstop and presents as if the car left the production line.
This is truly a fantastic opportunity to own a piece of history and is supported by previous history, a Heritage Certificate supporting the matching engine number and Car plate.