1963 Morris Mini

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1963
  • Mileage 
    1 560 mi / 2 511 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    K-A2S4/463497
  • Engine number 
    9FSAH278
  • Lot number 
    421
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual

Description

Home-market Mk1 Cooper built on 30/09/1963. Sold via John C. Beadle Ltd. of KentExpertly prepared in 1995 to obtain FIVA papers and an RAC Competition Car LogbookParticipated in several historic rallies, including the 1995/1996 Monte-Carlo ChallengeOriginal engine sourced and fully rebuilt to competition spec. 126bhp on thedyno (August 2020)Restoredin 2001 back to fast-road/trials specificationAlways well maintainedand professionally stored; independently valued at 40,000 in 2016Very impressive history file, full of invoices, a Heritage Certificate and dyno sheetYou can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location of Stoneleigh Park (CV8 2LG) Monday to Friday, from Thursday 29th October until Thursday 12th November (inclusive). Please contact Joe Watts on 07779 082707/ [email protected] secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail.The health & safety of both our customers and team remainthe utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.To many, its designer Alec Issigonis included, the notion that the Mini might have a future as anything other than basic transport was an anathema, and the idea of a high-performance version was laughable. One man, though, saw it quite differently. Racing car manufacturer John Cooper already knew quite a bit about tuning BMC's A-Series engine - he was running the company's Formula Junior effort at the time - and a test drive in a prototype Mini convinced him of its competition potential. John Cooper appealed to BMC management, with Issigonis' concerns being disregarded and the two good friends eventually cooperated in creating what rapidly became, and still remains, a legendary little motor car - the Mini Cooper. The Austin Mini Cooper and Morris Mini Cooper debuted in 1961.The car presented here is a home-market Morris Mk1 Cooper manufactured on the 30th September 1963 and sold via John C. Beadle Ltd. of Kent; charmingly, it still wears its original Kent-issued registration 3284 KM.In the early 1990s, it was expertly prepared by its then-owner, Mr Graham Carter of West Sussex, who set about creating a superb rally-car Mini, ultimately to obtain FIVA papers and a RAC MSA competition car logbook to participate in several historic rallies (Rally of the Vales 1995/96, The Henry Liddon Memorial Rally 1996 etc.), culminating in its successful participation in the prestigious and demanding 1995 & 1996 Classic Rally Association Monte Carlo Challenge. In 1996, this event was in its 7th year, and was the biggest ever with 161 entries, with this Mini achieving 10th position no mean feat and testament to its integrity. The cars impressive specification is fully documented in three photos attached to this listing.Following its rally career, the same owner oversaw its full returnin 2001 to a fast-road/trials spec., retaining some choice rally elements. It has subsequently been owned by a prominent car collector, and has always well been maintained and professionally stored; its quality was borne-out in 2016 when it was independently valued at 40,000.Our vendor bought the car only this year, (taking it to be dyno tested in August 2020, finding an impressive rating of 126bhp), knowing the previous owner well and having admired the car, to accompany some other choice classic cars; sadly, a change in circumstances means it must now be offered for sale. With an accompanying box-file of invoices, photos of it on events, spec sheets, magazine articles and a Heritage Certificate, this is a fantastic Mini and has had much love and money lavished on it. A proven car that was built and specd superbly, this is one not to miss.1963 Morris Mini Cooper 997 Rally Car (ex Monte-Carlo Challenge)https://youtu.be/8SKwTUACDR4false