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1963 AUSTIN MINI COOPER

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This genuine and totally restored Austin Mini Cooper to Cooper S specification represents a rare chance to be able to step back in time. Presented in pristine condition, it features a fully rebuilt 1275cc Cooper S engine and a four-speed manual transmission. The odometer shows 334 miles, which is understood to be the running-in mileage since the restoration.

Purchased as a partly disassembled project just three years ago, without a registration number or V5C document; the previous owner was able to confirm that the car left the factory as a genuine right-hand drive Austin Mini Cooper, and was originally based in London. By liaising with the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, the current vendor was subsequently able to ascertain the authenticity of the Mini and procure a heritage certificate confirming this.

The certificate shows that the vehicle was completed on 10 September 1963 before being dispatched to dealer Car Mart Ltd in London. Unable to have the DVLA re-register the car on its original plate, the owner nonetheless secured a correct 1963-style mark of ‘ATL 494A’. The car is therefore recorded as being first registered in the UK in 2018, despite the fact that the heritage certificate confirms otherwise. The DVLA record also suggests it may have spent time overseas at some point, though if correct this may have been to the likes of Ireland or the Channel Islands.

Since purchasing the vehicle as a project needing absolutely everything, the owner committed to a full nut-and-bolt restoration. Around £9,000 was spent on refurbishing the body and giving it a full repaint in red with a contrasting black roof. The respray was completed by OSC Chessington, and resulted in a pristine finish.

The interior has been completely reupholstered by Newton Commercial in the correct style Tartan Red and Gold Brocade Grey trim, and presents in outstanding condition. The owner notes some minor marks on the fresh air heater and windows, but in general the Mini appears to be as good as new – and arguably even better. All features have been completed to an original specification, and are in excellent condition with no faults noted by the vendor.

The rest of the extensive restoration work has been completed by Mr Clinton Poley, who the seller states has 40 years of experience rebuilding Minis. The full restoration and minor upgrade to Cooper S specification took a total of nine months and cost some £42,000, with all receipts and documented restoration images accompanying the car. The work included a full engine rebuild, and the first service on this motor was in September 2019 when the engine oil was changed.

Accompanying the car to attest to its original status as an Austin Mini Cooper, the heritage certificate also confirms its early dealer information. The seller also notes that the Mini Cooper Register inspected the car prior to him acquiring the current V5C, and that it again was certified as a genuine Cooper.

Compact, stylish and fun to drive, Minis from this period are well loved for being agile and responsive with simple mechanicals and no-frills interiors. This particular car arguably represents the closest thing to buying a brand new 1960s Mini Cooper S today, and will undoubtedly deliver many miles of driving pleasure to its next owner, whether they are simply a general enthusiast or a dedicated Mini aficionado.

All UK-registered cars and motorbikes on Collecting Cars are run through an online HPI check. This vehicle shows no insurance database markers for damage or theft, and has no finance owing.

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£13,750Absentee bid from Raja_Balasuriya

£13,500Absentee bid from Angus_Bud

991GT3seller

@modenaf7red
Good evening

No body number can be found, according to few experts, most Mini’s body no’s get destroyed on restoration process. No trace of original colour either.

The reason I advised you to arrange viewing because you could have a very clear image of it and go in depth inspection

I respect you as a prospective purchaser and understand your concerns as a bidder, no issues answering any questions.

Good luck with bidding

Many thanks
SS



£13,000Bid placed by Angus_Bud

£12,750Bid placed by modenaf7red

£12,500Absentee bid from 7000AK

£12,500Bid placed by modenaf7red

modenaf7red

I sense you are not that amused with me asking probing questions about the auction lot, which I have already bid on several times.

In the spirt of the auction site and their guidance which I quote below, I am only asking what any serious prospective purchaser would ask:

"Can I contact the seller during the auction?
If you have a question about the auction lot, post it in the form of a comment on the listing. The seller can then reply. This avoids duplicated questions from other bidders."

991GT3seller

@modenaf7red
Please contact James @CC to arrange viewing, I believe that would resolve your concerns

Many thanks
SS

£11,350Absentee bid from 7000AK

£11,100Bid placed by modenaf7red

modenaf7red

Hi, when the body shell was restored, I imagine there was extensive work, and any original panels were taken back to the bare metal. During this process did you find any traces of the original colour "Almond green", and if so was it documented in the restoration. If any such picture can it be added to the gallery?

Any update on the missing body number?

thanks Mark

£10,350Absentee bid from 7000AK

£10,100Bid placed by modenaf7red

£9,100Absentee bid from 7000AK

£9,000Bid placed by Angus_Bud

modenaf7red

great thank you

991GT3seller

@modenaf7red
On Heritage Certificate, Exterior: Almond green and old English white
Trim: Porcelain green & Dove grey

An image will post later today

DVLA V5 states,
MAKE: Austin
MODEL: MINI Cooper
ENGINE: 1275

991GT3seller

@modenaf7red
Current 1275 engine is the engine I purchased with the car. No idea about the original engine

modenaf7red

the Heritage certificate yo have - what colour did it say the car was originally, does it give details of the trim?

a picture of it in the gallery would be helpful.

Also what does the DVLA V5 state the vehicle to be, cooper 1275 S, a cooper 997 or something else?

thanks

modenaf7red

Hi,
also can you confirm the original engine is not available and never came wit the car when you bought it? Did the previous owner keep it or not have it as far as you know?

991GT3seller

Hi modenaf7red

No problem.

Never bother to check the body number, I will take a look tomorrow and advice you

modenaf7red

thanks for the information so far.

If it is the original body shell, should it not have a body number stamped on a metal plate, approximately 3 inches long, spot welded to the bonnet slam panel?

I cant see that anywhere in any of the photos, do you have it with the original slam panel stored off the car?

£8,800Absentee bid from 7000AK

£8,700Bid placed by modenaf7red

991GT3seller

Hi modenaf7red

1275, not original engine rebuild to "S" Spec. Another engine, 1275, which I purchased with the car. its not matching with the Heritage Certificate no's as original engine was a 997. Body shell is original

991GT3seller

Hi 7000AK
Certainly. Please contact James in Collecting cars to arrange viewing

7000AK

Thank you. Please let me know if it’s possible to view.

£8,600Absentee bid from 7000AK

991GT3seller

Hi 7000AK

Prior to purchase, I checked and confirmed Engine no & Chassis no with British Motor Museum. Need extra cash for barn conversion in France.

modenaf7red

thanks, but what engine does it have now? is it the original engine rebuilt to what "S" spec, or another engine? Is it the matching engine to the heritage certificate numbers?

Is the body shell original, or has it been rebuilt with a new shell?,

991GT3seller

Hi modenaf7red

CORRECT. During the upgrade to Cooper S spec - it has been fitted with an original 1275 S engine

991GT3seller

Hi modenaf7red
Yes, that is correct. Originally 997.
Cooper never had 970 or 1071 engines, only Cooper S had them

7000AK

Also can it be viewed if details are exchanged through Oliver @ CC?

7000AK

Thank you AK is the actual history of the car prior to purchase unknown? I’m trying to understand why you would go through a major restoration like this and then sell it?

modenaf7red

Hi
the car was an original Austin Cooper - but not a Cooper S - it was upgraded to Cooper S spec recently. SO was it originally a 998, 1071 or a 970 ?

During the upgrade to Cooper S spec - has it been fitted with an original 1275 S engine?

If not what spec is the engine?
thanks

991GT3seller

Hi 7000AK
Don't have a history file. I have images of restoration process and bills of restoration
Many thanks
S Silva

7000AK

Do you have a history file for the car and if so how far back does it go?
Also are there any photos of the restoration to go with it?
Thank you

991GT3seller

Hi modenaf7red,
Yes, tax exempt and no need for annual MOT test
Many thanks
S Silva

modenaf7red

Hi, 1963 car, but DVLA have it registered as 2018 - does that mean it is still road tax exempt and you don't have to get an annual MOT?

thanks

£8,500Bid placed by RISH_UDAWA

£5,000Bid placed by Angus_Bud

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