Silverstone Classic Race Car Sale 2017

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1966 Mini Cooper 'S' Spec. FIA HTP

Lot No.: 103

Registration: 71-79-BX
Chassis Number: C-A2S7L-918419
Engine Number: Not Specified
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1275
Year of Manufacture: 1966
Estimate (£): 40,000 - 45,000
(+buyer’s premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)

The Mini Cooper soon established its credentials as a rally and race winner, and the stage was set for even faster versions. The first of these - the 1,071cc Mini Cooper 'S' of 1963 - took engine development a stage further and provided the basis for the 971 'S' and 1275 'S' of 1964. The ultimate Mini of its day, the 1275 'S' pumped out 76bhp while remaining exceptionally flexible, and was good for a genuine 100mph - an astonishing performance at the time. 

This little Green Mini racer started life in 1966 as a 998cc Mini Cooper and for the next 49 years did the things that Mini Coopers do. In 2015 it was chosen as a basis to build a full-race 1275 and during 2015/2016 it was completely restored and prepared to Cooper 'S' racing specification.

The restoration and build are now complete and the car is in effectively 'new' condition throughout and ready to race. The rebuild was carried out to a very high standard by Verbaas Preparations of the Netherlands; all the engine and clutch components were bought from Nick Swift Tuning, and since completion, the car has been driven only once, at the Zandvoort circuit. 

Specification highlights include a lightened and strengthened bodyshell; racing suspension (including Koni dampers); welded-in roll cage with certificate by Verbaas Preparations; full race engine incorporating numerous Swiftune performance components; close-ratio straight-cut gearbox; Salisbury Powr-Lok differential (3.9:1); aluminum foam-filled fuel tank; Lexan windows; lightweight race battery; Stack rev counter; Sparco seat (valid until 2020); and a QSP harness (valid until 2020).

Accompanying paperwork consists of the original title document, roll-bar safety certificate, Netherlands registration papers, FIA Historic Technical Passport (Class CT7), and a BMIHT certificate. The Mini's original 998cc engine is included in the sale.

This very competitive race car is ready to go, and with its HTP to hand, is eligible for many of the most prestigious historic events such as the Spa Summer Classic, Silverstone Classic, Goodwood Revival, etc.