1966 COOPER Morris S MK1 1275

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Estimation :
35000 - 55000 EUR
1966 COOPER Morris S MK1 1275

Interesting preparation

Manufacturing quality

Real little bomb

French car registration document

Chassis no.: 889152

A true stroke of genius, the Austin Mini presented in 1959 immediately attracted the attention of amateur sportsmen and women and of tuners with its road holding qualities and agility. John Cooper, a Formula 1 and rally car manufacturer, saw its potential and suggested to its creator Alec Issigonis to produce a more developed version. The BMC group management gives the go-ahead and the two men cooperate to produce a sporty and economical Mini Cooper. The Austin Mini Cooper and Morris Mini Cooper versions will be marketed as early as 1961. In 1964, a new Mini Cooper called "S" is produced and is equipped with a 1,275 cc engine! It will become the darling, both in racing and in the beautiful neighborhoods. This little bombshell is the most desirable Mini among the countless versions produced until 2000. The car we are presenting is a 1966 Morris Cooper S. In exceptional condition, it was prepared in "Stage 3" configuration with forged pistons and a lightened engine flywheel. The gearbox is a 4-speed Cooper S equipped with the straight-cut pinion quick shift system, the clutch is reinforced with a racing disc and the front suspensions are mounted with adjustable Koni. On the braking side, Cooper S discs at the front and ventilated drums at the rear are in line with what used to be done during the period. The passenger compartment has also been carefully prepared with a 6-point roll bar, two 5-point buckets and harnesses and an approved fire extinguisher. The dashboard remains original with its sacrosanct central meter that combines oil pressure and water temperature. Bought in 2019 by its current owner, he will make some changes and improvements to the car. Installation of a horn, a starter control, new Champion spark plugs, carburetion adjustment, installation of a spare wheel, etc... All this is justified on invoices for a total amount of around 2500 €. Externally, the car is superb, mounted on its 10 inch minilight. Ultra high performance, cut for the track more than for the ride, the agility and the quality of manufacture of our specimen only add to the enormous love rating of this real little bomb!

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