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1965 Austin Mini Cooper S Private

Cars Leeton   58 views
Location: Leeton
Price: $43,000 Negotiable

This 1965 Mini Cooper S is a largely original example that was acquired by the seller’s father in 1977 and has been in the family’s possession since. It was put into dry, ventilated storage in 1981 and was recently returned to running condition. The 33k miles showing on the odometer are believed to be correct as the car was purchased from the original owner’s widow and then only driven occasionally before being stored. This Cooper S retains its numbers-matching 1275cc inline-four, which is paired to a 4-speed manual gearbox. After an oil change and minor reconditioning, the car is said to start, run, and drive, and many videos showing it in operation are included below. It carries a certificate of authenticity confirming engine and chassis numbers from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, and is sold with a clean Massachusetts title.

The original Almond Green paint has faded to a matte finish, but the body panels look to be straight in pictures. The brightwork appears quite clean overall.

The original signals, wipers, and Lucas sealed beam head lights are still in place and are shown to work in photos and videos below.

The simple Mini interior appears complete, though carpets will require replacement and the vinyl dash lining is torn. The front and rear seats are faded but surprisingly intact, and the door cards show the attractive Porcelain Green/Dove Grey interior color combo in a less faded state. The seller notes a small hole visible in the headliner on the passenger-side.

The rear seats show no deformation, though they are also faded. Seat belts with shoulder harnesses have been fitted in the front. The lights, wipers, horn, and dome light are all said to function, but the directional indicator in the instrument cluster is broken. The car is equipped with a heater per the Heritage certificate.

Videos of the operating wipers can be seen above, and videos of the functional blinkers can be seen here and here.

The 1275cc transverse-mounted inline-four is mated to a 4-speed transmission and is said to run well, though it experiences some hesitation when cold. Fuel and brake lines are original and should be replaced. Recent reconditioning included a new brake master cylinder, clutch master and slave cylinder, fuel sending unit, ignition points, cleaning of the spark plugs and carbs, and an oil change. The seller’s family garage performed service on the car when new, but the records have been lost to time.

The underside has its fair share of corrosion, and the seller notes some rust-induced pinholes visible in the floorpans, which are detailed in gallery pictures. Some surface corrosion is also present on the subframe assemblies, and some fluid leakage is visible. The seller notes that the brakes and hydrolastic suspension are in need of attention.

Engine #9F-SA-Y 34988 can be seen above and is confirmed as original by the Heritage certificate.

A British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate confirms the engine and chassis numbers, as well as the original paint colors and options.

With a running engine and straight body panels, it presents as an ideal candidate for preservation or restoration. Two short videos of the car driving at street speeds can be seen below.