MORRIS MINI COOPER
Father of the Mini, Alec Issigonis, was firmly against the idea of a performance version of his new baby, despite several long evenings of animated discussion with his good friend, F1 guru, John Cooper in the Royal Oak. However, after JC appealed to BMC Management, Issigonis' concerns were disregarded and the two good friends eventually cooperated in creating what rapidly became and still remains a legendary little motor car. The first cars used a 997cc twin-carb A-series, changed for a short-stroke 998cc unit from 1964. Front disc brakes were standard and Mini-Coopers stood out thanks to their two-tone paint schemes and special grilles. Speeds of around 90mph may not have been all-out fast, but the Cooper's handling brilliance turned it into a potent race and rally tool.
2021 marks the 60th Anniversary of the Mini Cooper so it’s fitting that we are able to offer this delightful little 1961 Morris Mini Cooper 997 from the first few months of production. We understand that the early Mini Coopers were built in two batches, the first 150 cars in July 1961 followed by further cars in August/September 1961. Our vendor is a much-respected and knowledgeable Mini enthusiast and has spent some time researching this car. He has established that #KA2S4 159703, was completed on the 21st September 1961, is the 76th built of the second batch and consequently is the 226th Cooper (115th Morris) to be built. It was despatched to Reeds of Peterborough and onward to its first owner who registered it on 1/12/1961.
Perhaps more importantly, exhaustive research has suggested that it’s the 3rd oldest known survivor.
OFL 94 looks fabulous in Tartan Red with a Black Roof and the correct Tartan Red and Gold Brocade interior. The indicated mileage is currently 45,640.
In our owner’s words;
“This car was built on 21st September 1961 and I purchased it on 22nd April 2004 from a Francis Greaves of Chesterfield who had owned it for the previous 24 years.
- Body typeSaloon
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