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1969 Mini Cooper S MKII

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£24,645

  • Mileage~61,942
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine1275cc
  • LocationChichester, West Sussex

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1969 Mini Cooper S MKII

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Introduction

Alan Stuart
Professional Consigner

Although a safe investment due to being a genuine 'S', this Cooper's fun factor is a better reason to buy one.

The Mini needs no introduction, there is no other car that symbolises so much to so many people. The Cooper models of the Mini were the result of a collaboration between racing car builder John Cooper and the Mini’s creator Alec Issigonis. The first models were launched in 1961, with the S versions fitted with the iconic 1275cc engine arriving three years later. As the Coopers sporting reputation cemented the car's place in history, a reworking of the original Cooper S was released in 1967, featuring all-round improvements including a redesigned grille and upgraded interior yet retains some of the original design features such as external door hinges and sliding front windows.

Despite the Mini’s ubiquitous nature, the Cooper S MKII was a comparatively low volume model, with just 6,300 cars built of which 1479 were for the home market. With a racing-tuned engine, twin SU carburettors, a closer-ratio gearbox and front disc brakes, as well as triple Monte Carlo rally wins, the S models became something of a holy grail for Mini collectors.

According to its accompanying British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate, the chassis number corresponds with a build date of 9th April 1969 and is documented as RHD UK market Austin Mini Cooper S MK II. It was despatched and registered two weeks later to Charles Clark & Co of Wolverhampton, who was known to have been one of the longest-serving BMC/BL dealers in the country. It was sold to a John Hughes, who kept the car for 8 years. The second owner then took guardian of the Cooper S and retained it for almost 34 years. The current owner took the Cooper S under his wing in 2015 and carried out a partial restoration to the sum of 8K while retaining much of its originality and spec.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Alan after meeting Ian the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

Like many people I owned a mini in the '80s and couldn't resist buying another - although it had to be a special and genuine Cooper S.

Ian, like many admirers of the Mini Cooper, bought this car thanks to memories of his past experiences of the car. Sensibly opting for a decent solid car, with its original shell, and with proven provenance for a hobby project back in 2015 - he went on to renew the car to a more than acceptable condition without going too far. Aware of not stripping the car of its past and originality, he was keen to retain as much as possible. As a result, the shell, the interior and front and floor pans are original.

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Exterior

Beautifully finished in Almond Green with contrasting white wheels and roof, the results are undeniably classy.

Wheels and Tyres

The Yokohama tyres are in excellent condition with plenty of life ahead of them. The distinctive white steel wheels and small hub cap combo are in a similar pleasing state.

Bodywork

Very little to worry the MOT station here, the metalwork appears to have been well cared for, with no signs of ripples, damage, dents or poor repairs.

There appears to be no sign of rust spots trying to get through on the bodywork. The door shuts and panel fit are good.

Structurally the car is strong, with no signs of significant corrosion. The doors hang well and open and close easily.

Paint

The paint has an even lustre, with a deep shine evident throughout.

The application of paint has been professionally carried out with no evidence of shortcuts - but it's also worth considering that this is not meant to be a concourse finish but useable and is a more than acceptable restoration.

There are no signs of heavy traffic/road use in the forms of stone chips and day-to-day marks.

Glass and Trim

The glass is very good throughout with no chips - there's just one slight scratch made by the wiper on the front screen.

The car has been furnished exactly to its original spec, and therefore the chrome trim and external embellishments are not only 100% correct but are all in good condition.

The chrome is free from significant damage or pitting, with the glass rubber in perfect condition.

Interior

Originality is key on this Cooper S - this car hasn't been over-restored and the interior retains its authenticity.

Seats and Carpets

The interior has been very well kept and most importantly as per factory specification.

The seats show small signs of wear, mostly confined to the odd scuff or mark but considering the age of the car, it really is good. The back seat has a small blemish.

The carpets are in good condition.

Dashboard

The dials reflect the originality of the car and are a pleasing aspect of the attention to detail that the successive owners have maintained.

One way of putting it is that each small mark or worn aspect of the interior tells a story and is all part of the originality. All of the dials and controls work.

The headlining is complete and tear-free.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel and gear knob are period items and are in good condition.

Mechanics

The Cooper S proves that you don’t need power to have fun.

Engine and Gearbox

No issues with the start-up of the car, the engine firing up immediately during the cold start video. The usual condensation of the cold engine is evident, but the exhaust sounds like it should with no spluttering.

The engine presentation is beautiful and reflects the consistent running of the engine, with no unwanted knocks or noises. The oil pressure is good and it runs evenly.

The choke operation was deployed during the start-up and functions as it should.

Suspension and Brakes

The components and much of the running gear has been subject to renewal in recent years, so there are no issues with the condition of the suspension or brakes and they perform without problems.

The Drive

Those who have driven a Mini will get it. It's as simple as that. For those that haven't, then a simple but joyful pleasure awaits.

With a Mini, you really only get the best experience from a well looked after one, yet no matter what size engine or whether its an original or the last edition model, the experience is the same.

The feedback from the rack-and-pinion steering and the sheer chuckability of the car endears you to its terrier-like charm.

Ian assures us the car drives like it should and will most certainly bring joy to the new owner, from the moment they pull away on their next mini-adventure.

Electrics and Other

All of the electric items are said to be fully functional and operational, as in keeping with the high level of attention this car has received.

History and Paperwork

This car has seen over 8K worth of spending in recent years, but still maintains much of its originality.

The Cooper S comes with plenty of evidence to support its cherished 52 years, with documentation from the Heritage trust records confirming its originality, along with timeline notes that document the names and duration of ownership. Originally registered in Wolverhampton in 1969, the car has seen just six owners since then. In addition, the car is well known within the Mini Cooper Register and also the car is on the records of the MkII Cooper S Registrar.

The second owner kept the car for over three decades, where it was then passed in fairly quick succession to owners until Ian bought the car in 2015. The owner prior to Ian undertook a respray and recommissioned the car with many new parts - please see the paperwork to support this. Ian then went all out on bringing the car up to scratch with documentation illustrating around 8K spending in 2017/18, including the replacement of boot floor, rear-wheel tubs as well as the inner and outer sills.

Ian was mindful of retaining the cars originality and as such, the shell, floor pan and front end of the car is original - instead some corrosion was cut out by the body number on the driver's floor. Ian of course kept the body number and is included with the car. This can be proven by Ben at Mill Road Garage that actioned the work on Ian's direction. You can see a picture of the number in the images.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
23-03-2018 MOT 61,630
24-04-2017 MOT 61,345
09-11-2015 MOT 60,814
04-03-2015 MOT 60,424
17-07-2012 MOT 60,424
07-02-2011 MOT 60,409
26-06-1992 MOT 60,355
Key Details
  • ModelCooper S MK II
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date1969
  • CC1275
  • Mileage61,942
  • HistoryRecent
  • ColourAlmond Green
  • Interior ColourSnowberry White
  • Interior TrimBlack
  • Chassis #C-A2SB/1238863-A
  • Engine #52571
  • RestoredYes
  • MOT23-03-2018
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers6
  • Tyre TreadGood
  • Tyre BrandYokohama
  • LHD or RHDRHD
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned6 years
  • Key FeatureSympathetic Restoration







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£23,250 bid by Ray1957 17.02.2021 @ 19:00:53
£23,000 bid by BEVERLEY333 17.02.2021 @ 19:00:17
£22,650 bid by Highflyer1966 17.02.2021 @ 18:59:59
£22,250 bid by Ray1957 17.02.2021 @ 18:59:26
£22,000 bid by sharley 17.02.2021 @ 18:47:29
£21,750 bid by Highflyer1966 17.02.2021 @ 18:37:47
£21,500 bid by BEVERLEY333 17.02.2021 @ 18:26:49
Rory
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Rory

Morning Ian is there anything imminent that needs addressing I know it’s not a trailer queen but buying blind , for me is always a risk sorry to be a pain regards Rory

Ian B
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Ian B

No I understand entirely. The car runs fine for the very limited mileage that I’ve done but, if I was keeping the car, then I’d get a rolling road tuning session booked in, someone like BD Enginnering as an example. Anything else would be a matter of personal choice. I’ve never been happy with the fit of the bonnet – it’s a repo part and I would try and source a used Mk.II bonnet and fit that up onto the car. Hope this helps. Regards, Ian.

NeilM
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Phil
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Phil

Is that correct this is same car

Mark Trapani
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Mark Trapani

Hi Ian
I would like to see the car before bidding. Is that going to be possible? I live in Southsea so I am not to far from you in Chichester.
Please let me know
marktrapani@hotmail.com

Kulraj Salh
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Hi Mark, please give us a call on 01926 426 635 to arrange. Thanks, Kulraj – Trade Classics

£21,000 bid by Highflyer1966 14.02.2021 @ 13:16:53
£20,500 bid by NeilM 14.02.2021 @ 12:10:44
£20,000 bid by Highflyer1966 14.02.2021 @ 10:44:10
£19,000 bid by Minter 13.02.2021 @ 13:29:15
£15,500 bid by Bentleyboy1951 12.02.2021 @ 17:07:25
Bentleyboy1951
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Bentleyboy1951

Does the car drive through the gears as it should please

Philip Jeffries
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Philip Jeffries

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£15,000 bid by deniscomp 12.02.2021 @ 13:28:01
Rory
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Rory

Morning Ian has it had a engine rebuild at any stage. I would presume so and have you got any evidence of work done. No big deal but just a thought cheers

£12,500 bid by petroldavid 11.02.2021 @ 17:54:06
mick
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mick

has it still got hydrolastic suspension

£11,000 bid by jaffass 11.02.2021 @ 12:39:24
Sean Edge
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Sean Edge

Hi how original is the Cooper S
Thanks
Sean

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