"These fabulous and popular little cars were designed in 1959 and were heralded as a new concept in car design - little did they know or envisage what would become of these great models. With a monocoque shell, transversely mounted engine and front wheel drive, the new 'Mini' soon became popular across the world and to all types of individual well healed or not! The potential for competition use was soon seen by John Cooper; he eventually persuaded BMC and the two worked together culminating in the birth of the Austin Mini Cooper and the Morris Mini Cooper in 1961. Victories in the 1964, 1965 and 1967 Monte-Carlo Rallies set the Mini on the road to fame but probably the greatest publicity was gained from their, somewhat unfair, disqualification for lighting irregularities in the 1966 event after coming in 1st, 2nd and 3rd. A more powerful Mini Cooper, dubbed the 'S', was developed in tandem and released in 1963.
This superb Austin Mini presented in Almond Green with Snowberry White roof was the subject of a no expense spared total restoration to concours condition by the famous restorers, J.D Classics. The detail and standards of fit and finish really do need to be seen to be believed. Retaining its great and original colour combination, the Mini has been modified tastefully with the finest components but maintains an original period look. It is fitted with a tuned 1380cc engine mated to a straight-cut, four-speed gearbox. It is also fitted with a 649 full race camshaft. The car is also fitted with very rare Cooper Car Company 10 Rose Petals wheels and Bill Quine Manx seven port head (One of only 11 made) and fitted with black Microcell Contour 7 seats. This fabulous and very special motor car won both Class (Modified Cooper/Cooper S) and Best of Show Winner competition at 2015 Beaulieu car show and it comes with a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate. A fantastic, quick, attractive and practical concours Mini."