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First Owner, Zetland, Australia (acquired new in 1969 via Factory)Bob Wiedemeyer, St. Simons Island, Georgia (acquired from the above in 2000)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
The Mini, launched in 1959 by the British Motor Corporation, was voted one of the most influential cars of the 20th century.
Built at the Zetland BMC plant in Sydney, Australia, this unique example features the more powerful 1,275 cc motor. First owned by a Zetland factory employee, this Mini remained in Australia until 2000, when it was sold and shipped to the US.
This Cooper S has several features unavailable on its British-built cousins, including the factory-correct monotone light-blue vinyl seats and a larger VIN tag. Australian Minis also had the preferred roll-up windows and an added vent window for improved ventilation.
This particular example underwent extensive restoration in 2006 by Dave Jacques of Inverness, Florida, a revered judge at Southern automobile events. Mr. Jacques ensured that the Mini was repainted and finished exactly as it was at the factory in 1968. The work was completed in 2012.
This Mini has been sparingly used since it was thoughtfully upgraded in 2014 with coil-spring suspension and front and rear sway bars, which have proven to significantly enhance handling. (The Hydrolastic suspension components accompany the car.)
This three-owner car is offered today with its tool kit, original owner’s manual, and limited miles since the restoration. With nearly $5,000 in recent work, this well-sorted 1,275 cc Mini Cooper S is an absolute joy to drive.