Morris Mini Cooper Mk 2, 1968
Morris Mini Cooper Mk 2, year 1968. Colour Almond green with a crème white roof-top. Black interior with special rally seats and black carpet. This magnificent Mini Cooper has been in one family for twenty years. The car was extensively and ‘nut & bolt’ restored in the year 2001, a photo report of this extensive restoration is present. The bodywork was given a primer ‘bath’ so the primer has reached all corners of the naked metal inside and out. Now, 17 years later no trace of rust can be found. This Mini Cooper is in very good condition, with slight traces of use, and the car drives perfectly! The car comes very well documented; Documents of the last owner’s purchase in the UK are present as are restoration invoices and a BMC Heritage certificate. During the restoration and overhaul process a bigger 1300 cc engine was fitted with a ‘fast road’ camshaft, a bigger S.U. HIF 44 carburettor, a ‘free-flow’ exhaust manifold, an oil-cooler, spin-on/ off oil filter modification, power brake-servo and Cooper S disc-brakes at the front and drums at the rear. The original 998 cc engine is INCLUDED in this sale.
Over the years this sporty Morris Mini Cooper has participated in several historic rally events like the Tulpenrallye and the Winter Trial. The following additional rally modifications have been made/ added to this Mini Cooper:
Extra petrol tank on the right (original 1968 option), now 50 litres petrol-capacity, two ‘fast-fill’ fuel-caps, roll-cage with detachable horizontal bar, Cobra bucket-seats, OMP 4-point safety harnesses with tensioners on the parcel shelf, Smiths revolution counter, Halda Tripmaster, Halda Speedpilot, ‘mottled’ aluminium dashboard panel, Sparco foot-pedals, Fire-extinguisher in front of the driver’s seat, 12V mains-switch, navigator flexible map reading lamp, two Lucas LR14 long-range spot-lamps, Minilite 10-inch alloy wheels, sump protection plate, sports steering wheel with leather covered rim and an original rally roof-rack, leather safety latch on bonnet, longer dashboard switches, rear window demister and a reversing lamp. The car comes with two sets of keys. This magnificent Mini Cooper is ready for any new adventure!
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The Morris Mini saw the light of day in the year 1959. The Mini was designed by Sir Alec Issigonis (who also designed the Morris Minor) and is considered to be one of the greatest concepts in motorcar history. The Mini is a front wheel drive car; that was not new those days, but the transverse-engine packaging was. The Mini is a very small car, only 305 cm. long (the VW Beetle is 100 cm. longer!), but the interior offers lots of space, enough for four persons, because of the clever concept. The Mini is equipped with a unique "hydrolastic" suspension and the Mini's wheels are located at the outer corners of the car giving the Mini tremendous road-holding; like a go-cart.
The Mini was an invention of Sir Alec Issigonis for Morris. Morris merged with BMC in 1962 and Mini became a marque of its own in 1969. The Mini was produced as a two- door saloon and as a two- door estate (Countryman/ Traveller).
Based on the two- door saloon John Cooper (formula 500, formula 3 and formula 1 racing-car constructor and a friend of Sir Alec Issigonis) tuned the Mini's engine which resulted in the birth of the famous Mini Cooper. The Mini Cooper combined a light-weight compact car, excellent road holding and a powerful engine. The combination of these factors resulted in a very competitive, "bomb-on-wheels", that was suitable for winning competitions...
The Mini Cooper has a great record of rally successes; it started with the victory in the Dutch "Tulpenrallye" with Pat Moss (Stirling Moss's sister) driving it. Many successes followed. The most remembered success was the victory in the Rallye of Monte Carlo with Paddy Hopkirk driving the "Works-Mini".
Four cylinder in-line engine
cylinder capacity: 1275 cc.
2 S.U. carburettors
capacity: 78 bhp. at 6000 rpm.
top-speed: 160 km/h.
gearbox: 4-speed, manual
brakes: disc brakes at front drums at the rear
weight: 635 kg.