1965 Morris Mini Cooper S 1275

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1965 Morris Mini Cooper S 1275

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  • 5 Year Nut & Bolt Restoration
  • Just 5 Owners from New
  • BMIHT Certified
  • Removable Roll Cage, Bucket Seats and Harnesses
  • Original Colour Scheme

 

 

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Designed by the legendary Sir Alex Issigonis, the Mini is one of, if not the most influential and iconic cars in automotive history. Built between 1959 and 2000 not only did it change the world of everyday cars, but proved itself in competition, winning the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, 1965 & 1967. Mini did finish 1st, 2nd & 3rd in the 1966 event, but were controversially disqualified on the basis that they used headlamps that were not homologated. It is worth noting that the car that was awarded first place by the French judges after Mini’s disqualification was not only a Citröen, but had “illegal” white headlamps! The driver of the French car, Pauli Toivonen, refused to accept the trophy and vowed never to race for Citröen again. Luckily for Mini, the whole controversy gave them more publicity than any victory would have done!

Upon launch the Mini, as it became known, was actually sold under both the Austin and Morris brands until Mini became a brand in its own right in 1969.

This specific car is a Morris Mini-Cooper ‘S’, built on the 23rd November 1965 and registered EGT 980C in London on 15th December 1965. According to the history file one of the earlier owners was a Mr. S. Pooyara of Tooting, London who owned the car from May 1976 until March 1981 when it was sold to a Mr. David Hitchcock of Sandy, Bedfordshire. Mr. Hitchcock owned the car for just a couple of years before selling it to long term owner Adrian Coughan. Mr. Coughan bought the car hoping to restore the car to its former glory, but like many of these things, life got in the way and the car was bought by the 4th owner, Alan Want, in 2002 as a restoration project. At the time it wasn’t economically viable to restore the original body shell, so the decision was taken to restore the car for historic rallies and sprints using an original Mk 2 shell. The car was completely stripped and a thorough nut and bolt restoration was carried out between 2003 and 2009 (photos on file), returning it to its original colour of Almond Green with an Old English White roof. The interior was finished with light competition use in mind, so it was fitted with racing seats and harnesses as well as a removable roll cage. If the new owner wanted to return the interior to original spec, this would be very straight forward to do.

Despite being 5 years since the restoration was finished, the car presents as if it has just been done. On the road the car is a hoot, pulling well through the gears, showing excellent oil pressure and maintaining stable and normal water temperatures. This really is a wonderful example and is ready to be enjoyed on the road, track or both. Also, with such an iconic status these early Minis, especially the 1275cc Cooper ‘S’, are really starting to move in terms of their values.