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The Austin Mini with its distinctive boxy two-door design was the vision of Sir Alec Issigonis of the British Motor Company. First launched in 1959, it enjoyed huge acclaim during the 1960s. The Mini became so popular and inextricably woven into the fabric of society that in 1999 it was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century, after the Model T.
Riding on the success of its forbearers, the Cooper S was launched as a sports model and went on to win the Monte Carlo Rally four times from 1964 through 1967. While it is unknown if this particular car has any racing history, we do know that with its factory-original 1070 engine, this Cooper S is one of the rarest Austin Minis in existence today.
Discovered by its current owner in a barn in north Georgia, it is believed that the car had been stored for 30 years. The Austin was complete with the original matching-numbers engine from the factory, which in itself is extremely rare, as the Mini Cooper S was only made for one year with the 1071 engine. Due to the short stroke of the engine and a drive ratio of 3.76, most 1071 engines were blown by over-revving and subsequently replaced by the 1,275 cc engine that became the factory specification in 1964.
The Mini was then entrusted to Boxweed Auto Restoration in Georgia, an establishment with over 45 years of classic car expertise. All body, paint, and mechanical work was completed to show quality, with matching-numbers components and original factory-correct options, as per the British Motor Heritage Trust certificate that accompanies the car. The only non-factory improvement permitted during restoration was an upgrade to a 3.1 gear ratio with a respectable 3,000 rpm at 55 mph, enabling the car to be driven at modern motorway speeds. It was then suited in its original color scheme of Tartan Red with a black top, while the interior was restored in Tartan Red with gold brocade, exactly as it was when it left the factory in 1964. Along with the BMHT certificate, the Mini is accompanied by a tool kit, including a jack, lug wrench, and the correct vinyl bag.
Since restoration was completed at the end of 2013, this car has been driven just a few miles each week for appropriate exercise and appeared with less than 300 miles on the odometer at the time of cataloguing.
Whether purchased by a seasoned Austin Mini collector or an enthusiast looking to become acquainted with the marque, this charming Austin Mini Cooper S not only presents a wonderful opportunity for enjoyment but will also be a delightful companion for years to come.