1967 MORRIS MINI COOPER "S" 1275CC - LOVELY "SURVIVOR" - BRITISH HERITAGE CERT.
Price: US $10,100.00 Item location: Pleasanton, California, United States
- Make: Mini
- Model: Classic Mini
- SubModel: 1275 CC COOPER "S"
- Type: Sedan
- Trim: 2 Door
- Year: 1967
- Mileage: 115,246
- VIN: KA2S4932644
- Color: TARTAN RED
- Engine size: 1275 CC
- Number of cylinders: 4
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive type: FWD
- Interior color: RED GOLD BROCADE
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1967 Mini Classic Mini 1275 CC COOPER "S"
1967 Morris MKI Mini Cooper "S"
British Heritage Documented 1967 Morris Mini Cooper "S”
Finished in Factory Correct Tartan Red with Red Brocade Interior
& Sport Seats / Black Top
1275cc Numbers matching, Restored in the UK...A Lovely Example!
THIS PARTICULAR 1967 MORRIS MINI COOPER "S”
Anyone that has had experience with Classic Cars Ltd. knows that we have a real weakness for unique British cars. Additionally, the Mini Cooper "S” of the mid-1960's is certainly one of our all time favorites. As owners of a restored 1967 Mini Cooper "S”, we appreciate how difficult it has become to find an original, unmolested example of a desirable 1960's Mini Cooper "S.”
Even more challenging is the task of locating a Mini that has a history of delivery in its original country (England) and carries documentation of its lineage (The British Heritage Certificate) to prove originality of the car. Unfortunately, the U.S. market has become flooded with examples of Cooper "S” replicas, modified cars, and a host of small displacement examples (850 cc) imported from Australia, New Zealand. Also, there are an abundance of so called "re-bodied” cars, or late model cars that are incorrectly title/registered, and nowhere near as desirable as the collectible Minis of the 1960's and 1970's. Virtually all Mini enthusiasts/collectors agree that when it comes to the "Best of the Best” in Mini's, the standout Mini's are those Cooper "S” cars that are equipped with their original 1275 cc engines, equipment, and options.
To the trained eye of a Mini enthusiast, the tell tale signs of a true, early Cooper "S" will become immediately apparent on this Mini. The small tail lights, smaller rear window, bumperettes (front & rear), power brake booster, twin carbureted 1275 cc engine, Cooper "S” badging, twin fuel tanks, 120 mph speedometer, upgraded interior, wider wheels, and other indications separate the Mini Cooper "S” cars from the ‽base” Mini.
Also, this is a Hydrolastic (wet) car with the correct Cooper S displacers. It has the correct grill for the Morris "S” cars and the lovely, Morris Badges, front and rear. The engine bay still has much of its original Tartan Red paint and, unlike many cars that have had a color change, is not painted black. The trunk area is also finished in the original Tartan red color.
Frankly, this is a Mini that will be appreciated by a discriminating, knowledgeable Mini enthusiast, or car collector. The cars previous owner, a "Brit”, exported the car to sunny Southern California several years ago. The mileage of the Mini is believed to be original at 110,413 miles. Of course, considerable mechanical and cosmetic work has been completed to bring the car to this level.
We have owned over 30 Mini's of all types and variations and this is one of the most original examples of an authentic UK Morris Mini Cooper "S” that we have seen in many, many years. It is NOT one of the many so-called "re-bodied" cars with questionable lineage, or date/year of manufacture. It is the "real deal”, and a lovely example. The car includes the original "number plate” from the UK along with the Heritage Certificate to document its originality. Original cars like this are a real find, and, as the old saying goes….. "You can restore a car over and over again, but it's only original once”!
DOCUMENTATION / HISTORY
This particular Mini carries the correct VIN plate and engine number. It is rare to find a Mini of this vintage (especially a Cooper "S”) is "number matching”, but it is true with this example making it very desirable, indeed.
Additionally, a British Heritage Certificate documents the Mini. For those interested buyers that are unfamiliar with this important document, it provides information relative to the specific history of a British vehicle (only certain types/years of British cars qualify for a search under the British Heritage Group) and authenticates the originality of a particular car. Details contained on the original, hard copy British Heritage Certificate include the following:
* Make / Mode: Morris Mini-Cooper "S” Mark I (1275 cc)
* Car / Chassis Number: K-A2S4/932644
* Engine Number: 9F-SA-Y/44034
* Body Number: A.059884
* Specifications: RHD, Home Market (England)
* Colour: a) Exterior / Tartan Red with Black Roof / Trim: Red and Gold/Grey
* Date of Build: December 19, 1966
* Date of Dispatch: December 22, 1966
* Destination: W.W. Webber & Company Limited, Basingstoke, Hampshire
* Other Numbers (none noted)
* Details of Factory Fitted Equipment: Fresh Air Heater, Sump Guard, Extra Fuel Tank, 4.5inch Wide Wheel Rims, Oil Cooler
* Certificate Issued on 6/26/2003 to Present Vehicle Owner
What else documents the Mini's ownership & history? Well, consider the following documents that are part of a "book” that contains history & valuable documents on the car. These include:
* Previous Bill of Sale / Transfer Document
* Historical Tax Discs
* MOT (Ministry of Transport) Vehicle Inspection Test Certificates (test for road worthiness)
* Repair Receipts
* Receipts for Items Purchased
* The Original British Motor Industry heritage Trust Certificate
As for the cars history, interestingly enough, we sold this Mini to its current Southern California owner on 12/16/06. Since that time, he has driven the car very sparingly accumulated a documented 11,039 miles. As an automobile professional and enthusiast, the car was well maintained and used strictly a weekend car.
When we first represented the car in 2006, the owner at that time had possession of the Mini for 4+ years. He was responsible for locating the car in Europe and arranging import after purchasing it from a gentleman in Portsmouth, England during his travels overseas. He supervised its loading and shipment by container to the Port in Southern California.
Based on the UK records, the Mini has had limited ownership with one previous owner from 1993 to 2000, and the original owner having possession of the car from 1967 until its sale to Mr. Roger Tomkins on January 12, 1993.
The original British number plate will be included with the Mini to further document its lineage/history.
MECHANICAL CONDITION / RESTORATION
It is very refreshing to see a Mini that, as they say in the UK, has not been all "tarted up.” This particular car retains its original engine, chassis, and body parts, and the documentation supports its authenticity. It is a very strong car mechanically, and British car specialists have performed the updates/upgrades on the Mini. Great care has been taken to ensure that the original charm and patina of the Mini have not been negatively affected. Virtually all of the changes that have been made to the car are very much "period” in nature, and those that you would expect to see on a Mini in the late 1960's, or early 1970's. No electronic ignition, Weber carburetor, or garish late model upgrades on this car!!
While we are not in a position to guarantee the mileage of any vehicle that is approaching 40 years of age but this particular Mini truly does appear to have 115,246 original miles. In fact, the MOT (England's Government run, mandatory inspection for vehicles) reflects consistent, although limited mileage increases over the years. Using the current mileage shown on the "clock”, the car has traveled only 2,760 miles per year.
While the Mini was still in the UK, it received an extensive mechanical rebuild/restoration. This work is documented in the form of detailed repair invoices from one of the premier UK Mini repair facilities, Mini Sport Ltd. The work is extensive and thoroughly documented.
The work was extensive and included a complete engine rebuild, new clutch, new brakes, new hoses, new generator, new ignition components, new battery, and much, much more. Listed below is a list of additional (although not all of the items due to the long, long list) items that were replaced / upgraded:
* Complete & Total Rebuild of 1275 CC Engine (new bearings, rods,etc.)
* Omega Pistons
* 276 (Fast Road) Camshaft
* Competition Clutch, Clutch Plate & Cover
* New Clutch Slave Cylinder
* Complete Twin Carburetor Rebuild & Road Tune
* LCB Exhaust Header
* Super flow Exhaust System & Side Exit Pip
* New Brake Servo
* New Front Brakes (Rally Type)
* New Rear Brakes (Race)
* New Wheel Bearings
* New Starter
* Complete Tune-Up (New Plugs, Ignition Wires, Oil, Filter, Air Filters, etc.)
* New Speedometer Cable
* New Battery
* Flush Cooling System / New Antifreeze
The Mini runs and drives very well, indeed. The car starts immediately with the use of the manual choke (it too works, and stays in the "out” position until the car warms up) and runs smoothly when cold, and warm. The car runs extremely well, and without hesitation as you accelerate smoothly, but briskly through each gear. The Mini does not leak excessive fluids, smoke, make any unusual noises, or exhibit any significant drivability issues.
The Mini Cooper "S” has been well-cared for/serviced over the years, and repairs have been made, as needed, with what appears to be a ‽cost no object” philosophy. The engine and mechanical work that was completed by Mini Sport Ltd. was costly, and extensive, and addressed virtually every major mechanical component. Judging by the strength of the engine, its sound, and driving the car, it is apparent that the car has received considerable attention.
Since the car has been in California, it has been used on a limited basis and received ongoing care including updating / replacement of the following:
- New clutch
- Replace slave cylinder
- Rear brakes, & wheel cylinders
- Front hub / seal kit
- Several oil / filter changes and inspections
- Tune-ups (plugs, points, rotor, new distributor)
- Radiator replacement with new thermostat, gasket, related components & fresh anti-freeze
-Replacement Facet fuel pump
The clutch operates properly and does not chatter, slip or exhibit any problems whatsoever. Also, the syncromesh gears are excellent and the car shifts well. There is no excessive noise in the drive-line.
The brakes on the Mini are excellent and stop the car straight, sure and quickly. The emergency brake is properly adjusted and functional. As we indicated earlier, all of the lighting systems and gauges work, as do the windshield wipers, and dash lights.
The engine bay on the Mini is largely stock in its appearance, down to the stock air box, and carburetors. Also present are the correct hoses, power brake booster (rebuilt). The valve cover is painted the proper green, original color, and is complete with the Morris emblem. The Mini also has a Lucas sport coil, upgraded (MK2) brake booster and signs of the recent mechanical work referenced earlier (new generator, tune-up bits, heater hoses, valve, etc.). The original braided wiring harness is in place, and visible in the engine bay.
This Mini is turn key and ready for use. It needs nothing, and can be used as an occasional driver, or can be shown at local British meets as a very nice, original example of the desirable MK I Mini Cooper "S.” It is sure to be well received at any event in the USA, or abroad, as a very nice example of what many would classify as a "Survivor” (in the most positive sense).
This particular Mini is, as we have mentioned, a Mini that will probably find its way to either a true Mini collector, or a purist that appreciates the value of a car that has the charm and patina of an authentic 1967 Morris Mini Cooper "S.” Websters dictionary defines "patina” as: a) a surface appearance of something grown beautiful especially with age or use, or b) an appearance or aura that is derived from association, habit, or established character…well, this car fits that definition. It has grown more attractive with time and the character of the interior cannot be duplicated with new fabric and replacement, brand new parts.
The Mini has a very vintage appearance, and virtually all of the changes to the original car are minor, and are very "period” enhancements that one would expect to see on a 1967 Mini Cooper "S” in the late 1960's, or early 1970's. The changes that have been made include the following:
* Upgraded, MotoLita steering wheel with magnificent engraving on the spokes (Very unusual and unlike any that we have seen)
* Morris logo wooden shift knob
* 3-Point, retractable seatbelts / harnesses (Installed many years ago)
* Smiths tachometer (Fully functional)
The Mini's unique side windows slide easily (unlike our personal car!) and lock. The green flasher on the end of the turn signal stalk is in place and flashes when the turn signal lever is activated (a really cool item on the Mini!), and the electrical system is fully functional. The Mini does not have a radio or speakers and the lack of a radio antenna would suggest that it was never equipped with one. Of course, the dealer would have added any radio in a Mini, in the day.
Specifically, the interior is largely original and it appears as if the front seats have been recently re-upholstered in the same, attractive "gold brocade” material as original. They are the optional, higher back, reclining seats and are in very good condition with no rips, tear, or signs of wear.
The front door panels and rear interior side panels also appear to have benefited from newer gold brocade (as per original) material at the time the seats, and carpeting were replaced. The material surrounding the dash pod and the vinyl on the "A” pillars is original. The rear seat is in good original condition and does not appear to have been recovered, or seen much (if any) use over the years.
The carpeting is in excellent condition, and almost certainly has been replaced over the years but with a very similar, original style/material. The gauges are functional, and there is an added tachometer (Smiths) added to the parcel tray area as would have been done in 1967. The other gauges are functional (speedometer, fuel gauge and oil pressure). The oil pressure gauge in a Smiths, but true Mini aficionados will recognize that it is not an original gauge from a Mini Cooper "S”, but another British car of a similar vintage.
The Mini has an original period style, sunroof that was typically added by the dealer at the time of delivery. It was a relatively common option for this year Mini. The exterior material is in excellent condition and is free from any rips, tears, or damage. The headliner is in good condition and while very original, could benefit from a thorough cleaning. However, most important, it is free from any damage. The sunroof is fully functional and has the original tinted "wind block.”
The exterior is finished in the original color of Tartan Red / Black Top. The Mini has received the benefit of a re-spray in its original color, and has never seen a color change (like so many cars that we see). It also carries the correct color black roof, not a white roof that so many owners use on their Cooper "S” cars when they are re-done/restored. Our understanding is that only the factory "works” cars were painted with white roofs and the production "S” cars were issued with the black tops, like this "S.”
The paint on the Mini is in good condition and, as with the interior, has the charm that only an un-restored example can enjoy. The Mini is free from significant defects, and the body itself does not show any exterior rust, significant damage, or dents. A close, critical inspection does reveal minor flaws on the body / paintwork and the cars paint consistent with a vehicle of this vintage. Minor cosmetic issues such as door dings, minor chips and scratches do not detract from the charm of the Mini or its overall attractiveness as an original Cooper "S.” The doors close solidly and lock securely. The gaps on the body panels are good. There is a dent on the drivers side door. It is located in a hardly noticeable place on the very lower inner door (near the chrome kick panel) where the door touched against something while it was open. This does not affect the functionality of the door itself and is strictly cosmetic. The hood closes and latches securely, as does the trunk. All of the locks are functional.
The exterior trim and the logos (front and rear) on the Mini are in very good condition. The upper moustache portion of the grill area shows some minor pitting (these bits are available) chrome is brilliant, and all of the logos are in beautiful condition. The trim around the windows is good, and the rubber moldings in the doors, trunks, windows (including the window channels), were changed when the car was restored. The bumpers, including the over riders, are straight and with excellent chrome.
The exterior of the Mini Cooper "S” has been kept virtually 100% stock or "period” with only a few subtle changes being made for aesthetic, or safety reasons (Improved wheels, Yokohama tires & upgraded headlights).
For those unfamiliar with the exterior improvements on the Cooper "S”, the following items are noteworthy:
* Bumper corner over riders or "Bumperettes” (Front & rear) - correct for the Mini Cooper "S”
* Mini Cooper Morris "S” logos (Front & rear)
* MK I grill and chrome surrounds (Moustache)
* Twin fuel tanks (Correct chrome gas caps)
* Black elongated European plate on rear
* Stock, uncut fenders & correct trim
* Upgraded Minilite style wheels
* Stock small rear taillights (correct on MK I Mini's)
* Rear pop-out side windows (open easily & stay open!)
* Original style stainless wiper arms/blades (not replaced with inexpensive black plastic)
An inspection of the car underneath the front and rear floor mats reveals clean, dry metal and no indications of rust through, or rot. The car did receive partial floor panel replacement but the work was completed by professionals and is very difficult to see. The undercarriage was been undercoated / protected so as to avoid any damage, or rusting of the Cooper "S.”
Also apparent during a visual inspection of the undercarriage is the cleanliness of the engine that was rebuilt only a few thousand miles ago. The underside is also tidy, solid, and does not appear to have had any damage. .
The boot board is in place and it is completely original. A spare tire is included, and it is mounted to a matching wheel/tire. An original, un-restored jack is provided. The rear trunk area is exceptionally clean, and free from rust.
HISTORY OF THE INFAMOUS MINI / MINI COOPER "S”
The Mini began its public life on the August 26, 1959. Its designer, Sir Alec Issigonis could not have even dreamed of the impact his little car would have on the world of culture, society and of course automobiles. The Mini was designed simply to be an affordable car that could seat four adults and still be small enough to travel in safety. Originally powered by 850cc 34bhp engine, this was the Mini in its purest form, simple, clean and agile.
Although the Mini saw through six decades it is always the earlier cars that will be remembered and that remain most collectible. These years saw the Mini go from a "housewives shopping car" to the must have fashion accessory, via international stardom on the rally and road racing scene. It took John Cooper, twice F1 World Champion Constructor, to realize the full potential of the Mini's sharp handling and maneuverability. In 1961 the first Mini Cooper hit the streets, first with a 997cc engine producing a massive 55bhp, there followed a range of engines for the Cooper from the rare 970cc Cooper S to the ultimate evolution the 76bhp 1275cc S, the car which would form the basis for the Works Rally car.
The Cooper S achieved superstar status when the 91bhp Works spec cars won the Monte Carlo Rally outright for 4 years running from 1964-1967 (although the Minis were disqualified from the 1966 rally for having faulty headlamps!) Now that the Mini had proven itself in front of a world audience, everybody wanted a Cooper, and indeed everybody who was anybody in the 60s had a Cooper, from The Beatles and Peter Sellers to Graham Hill and Enzo Ferrari! Of course they couldn't have any old Cooper they had to be modified. Companies such as Radford and Wood & Pickett who made their name tailor making Rolls Royce's and Bentleys now were turning their hands to Minis, with everything from electric windows and leather seats, to wickerwork sides and hatch backs. Thus a trend was started which has been kept up to this day, meaning that it's near impossible to find a Mini which hasn't been significantly modified in some way. The last Mini Cooper was produced in the early 1970's and many people believe that the "best" Mini's were the mid to late 1960's Cooper "S” variants. A number of different variations of the Mini were introduced in the 1970's and 1980's (including the Clubman version), but the more "modernized" car was never quite the same
As the early Mini's.
GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS - " MINI COOPER "S”
1967 Morris Mini Cooper "S”
- Year 1967
- Make Morris
- Model Mini Cooper "S”
- Engine Location Front / Front Drive
- Price When New $2,450.00
- Engine Configuration S
- Cylinders 4
- Aspiration/Induction Normal
- Displacement 1275.00 cc
- Valve-train OHV
- Horsepower 78.00 BHP @ 5800.00 RPM
- Torque 80.00 ft. lbs.
- Hp / Liter 60 HP / Liter
- Compression Ratio 9:5:1
- Main Bearings 3
- Engine Electronics 12-volt electrical system
-Fuel Feed Two SU HS2 carburetors
- Block Cast-iron
- Head Cast-iron
- Standard Transmission
- Gears 4
- Transmission Manual
- Seating Capacity 4
- Doors 2
- Length 120.001 in | 3048 mm.
- Width 55.001 in | 1397 mm.
- Height 53.001 in | 1346.2 mm.
- Wheelbase 80.001 in | 2032 mm.
- Front Track 47.751 in | 1212.9 mm.
- Rear Track 45.901 in | 1165.9 mm.
Suspension Front: Hydrolastic (early Mini Cooper "S” only)
- Rear: As Above
- Rack and Pinion
- Front Brakes Disc
- Rear Brakes Drum
- Tires / Wheels
- Tires (Stock) 5.20x10
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