1965 Austin Mini Cooper Mk 1 @ Spicers Auctioneers - 6 July

1965 Austin Mini Cooper Mk 1 @ Spicers Auctioneers - 6 July

Unashamedly a restoration project with plenty of wallet emptying potential but its probably worth it for the log book and parts and many worse examples have been restored....Makes a change from pristine garage queens destined for air conditioned mausoleums!

Details on the car below:

1965 Austin Mini Cooper Mk 1, 998cc. Registration number JPX 194D. Chassis number C-A237/810529 (see text). Engine number 9FD-SA-H12321.

Sold with the V5C, V5, Heritage Certificate dated 08/02/2024, 1992 receipt for engine parts to the tune of £294 from Jonspeed Racing, and several early 1990's period restoration photographs, there are no keys.

The Mini Cooper was modelled as a special version of the first generation Mini, with John Cooper of the Cooper Car Company recognising the potential in creating a motorsports version of the same car. As a result the Mini Cooper and the Mini Cooper 'S' were launched in 1961 and 1963. These cars featured 998cc engines for the Cooper and 1071cc for the S type.

JPX was built on the 1st December 1965 and dispatched to Stringer Motors in Brighton on the 5th. It was Old English White with a black roof and had a tartan red and grey with gold brocade interior, it was also fitted with a heater.

It was owned by Andrew McClean in 1983, he sold it to our vendor in 1987. At this time it was blue and white, although it had been green and red before that. His intention was to rally the car and stripped the engine down at work with +20 pistons and rings, new main bearings and big ends, and then he polished the head. Reassembled it was fitted to the freshly restored bodyshell. The project then stalled in 1992 and it followed him with several house moves. He has now accepted he will not finish it and it is time for a new owner to restore. There is no interior as bucket seats were to be fitted and only the rear screen remains from the glassware, there is a brake servo and twin carbs with the car plus reverse dish wheels.

It should be noted that both the V5C and V5 state the chassis to be CA237 not the correct CA2S7.

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