The Silverstone Classic Sale 2017

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1964 Morris Mini Cooper 970 'S'

Lot No.: 425

Registration: DPR 386C
Chassis Number: K-A2S4/550846
Engine Number: 9F-SA-X/29746
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 970
Year of Manufacture: 1964
Sold for (£): Unsold

We all know about the iconic Mini introduced so successfully back in 1959. However, specialist knowledge on the rarer Cooper and Cooper 'S' performance derivatives is harder to come by. One of the rarest of all time is the 970 S version of the Cooper S of which less than a thousand were ever produced. So, today, an original car with matching numbers throughout, is both highly unusual and extremely collectable.....

Have a peruse below at this amazing car's specification;

Date built 23 November 1964
Date despatched 3 December 1964
First Registration January 1965
Colour Tweed Grey with Old English White Roof (as it is today)
Original Chassis Number K-A2S4/550846
Original engine Number 9F-SA-X/29746
Engine updated by AMAC Engineering, renowned Motorsport engineers in North Yorkshire and now gives 60bhp at front wheels which equates to approx 95bhp at the flywheel.
The engine has a 649 cam, with lightened flywheel and will rev to 7500 RPM. It has an improved oil pickup with baffles to prevent surge and all invoices relating to this work are included with the paperwork.

The interior is updated to a 'works' spec with rev counter and panel, including retro trip and watches. It has a fully illuminated panel and a built-in plug for a Don Barrow 'Potty'. It also has a map light and spotlight on the roll cage. The car has a full Safety Devices bolted in cage (removable) which is painted in body colour of Tweed Grey with closed foam cell wraps, as required by the FIA. The seats are uprated Newton Commercial bucket seats in the correct colour of two-tone grey to match the original interior. A fire extinguisher is installed forward of the front passenger seat. A smaller leather covered Moto-Lita steering wheel completes the interior upgrades and the original seats and steering wheel are included with the sale.

The exterior of the car is upgraded by the inclusion of two tastefully placed leather bonnet straps, Cibie spot lights, reversing lamp, alloy sump guard, 2 Monza filler caps ( original caps included), and a new fully laminated screen have all been installed. Under the bonnet, an upgraded radiator and oil cooler are installed along with an under bonnet light which is switched on from there. The suspension is upgraded and has negative camber at the front and all wheels are Minilites, including the spare. A full set of steel wheels is also included with this Lot. Works FIA spec arches are fitted and the brakes have fully aero-quipped pipes.

The car comes with older FIA HTP papers, dated 2004, and all Homologation papers including a Heritage Certificate, Workshop Manual, owner's handbook, original engine plate, full DVLA history, all invoices, MoT certificates, 3 sets of keys, and the original tool kit. The car has an MoT from June 2017 and will come with comprehensive spares including hoses, bulbs. coil, distributor cap, fuses and throttle cable - plus numerous sundry parts. Significantly this car has been owned by the Vendor for the last 15 years and kept in a heated garage with his collection of historic vehicles and has only completed some 3,000 miles in his ownership and since the engine rebuild.

Any future purchaser of this car will be surprised by its light weight and nimble handling. It's a real 'Homologation Special' and less than 965 cars were built by BMC in total, making this a very rare and highly collectable car today.

The new owner will be offered the opportunity to buy a complete set of six, brand new, unused 'Vortz Rose Petal' wheels (original Cooper Racing Wheels) from the Vendor.