Austin Mini Cooper Mk1 (997cc) DealerPosted 10/07/2017 - Classic Cars - Beaconsfield, England, United Kingdom
|Mileage||87,148 Miles / 140,251 KM|
|Transmission||Manual / RHD|
SAME FAMILY OWNERSHIP FOR 49 YEARS. The original Mini was conceived in response to the 1957 Suez oil crisis. The British Motor Corporation (BMC) tasked Alec Issigonis with creating a small, fuel-efficient vehicle. Leonard Lord, President of BMC, was also keen to see that a safer alternative to the bubble cars that were popular in Germany would be built and sold in Britain. With the insistence that the design be no more than 10ft long and would devote an unprecedented 80% of its footprint to passenger and luggage space, Issigonis took his tablecloth sketch to production reality in under two years. Launched in 1959, the Mini was a radical design of its time. The transversely mounted engine with its gearbox-in-sump arrangement drove the front wheels, this ground breaking technology allowed room to house four adults. The Mini’s frugality, practicality and performance were immediately obvious, making it an instant success. Issigonis’s friend John Cooper, owner of Cooper Car Company and designer and builder of Formula One and Rally cars, saw the potential of the Mini for competition. Issigonis was initially reluctant to see the Mini in the role of a performance car, but after John Cooper appealed to BMC management, the two men collaborated to create the Mini Cooper. The Austin Mini Cooper and Morris Mini Cooper debuted in September 1961. The Austin Mini Cooper MK1 (997cc) offered here at Autostorico is a 1962 example which has covered an indicated 87,148 miles. This stunning car was supplied overseas and imported back into the United Kingdom on the 4th January 1964. Registration number; EFD766B shows just four registered keepers with the same family owning the car from 1964 all the way up to 2013. The car is supplied with its original 1960’s registration document, British Motor Industry Heritage certificate, Original Mini Cooper handbook and various invoices for recent servicing work. A perfect opportunity to own such an iconic British classic, which will certainly appreciate over time.