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£ 20,000

1965 Austin Mini Cooper S Mk1 (1,275cc)

RM Sotherby's


A genuine 1965 1,275S sold new to the Isle of Man and subsequently prepared for competition. 

Guided at £20,000 - £25,000

+ buyers premium of 12.5% plus VAT (15% incl VAT)

Lot Number: 317

This car will be Auctioned at Silverstone Auctions, Race Retro Classic & Competition Car Sale, on Friday 24th February 2023, held at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry (CV8 2LZ). 

This sparkling little 1275 S first saw the light of day on 18th February 1965 and was finished in Tartan Red with a black roof before being despatched on 30/03/1965 to Mylchreests Motors Ltd. in Douglas on the Isle of Man. Our vendor purchased the Mini around 15 years ago but he believes that it had been in storage for ten years prior to that.

It appears that at some point, the 1275 S had been prepared on the Isle of Man for Tarmac Rallying as, when purchased, it was fitted with a Manx Racing Developments (Bill Quine) 1275cc Stage 4 engine fuelled through a 45 DCOE Weber, straight-cut drop gears and gearbox, limited-slip differential, Hi-Los all round, Bilsteins front and rear, Minlite wheels, fully piped fire extinguisher and a 10/6-point full roll cage.

He immediately commenced a full nut and bolt strip down, inside and out and refinished the car in its original Tartan Red. We understand that the mechanical specification is as he bought it which makes sense as that engine/gearbox/suspension combination is ideal for sprints, hill climbs, club rallying or just fast road work. The dashboard area was restructured removing the navigators box and now looks period correct and the seats, belts and carpets all appear new. The paintwork still looks smart and the whole car presents nicely, particularly the interior which is very impressive. The odometer currently reads 3,469 miles which may well be correct if the car has remained, as we understand it, on the 33-mile long island all its days. It's accompanied by its Isle of Man Vehicle Registration Certificate and the Heritage Certificate.

This is a cracking little Cooper S that has patently been looked after in recent years and could be great fun just used as a fast-road car or alternatively it may qualify for club sprints, hill-climbs or 'speed tests'. It may be possible to take it further into Historic Rallying, however as always it would be prudent to check the validity and currency of any safety-related items (cage, seats, belts etc.) We encourage interested parties to inspect this little 1275 S in order to establish its future potential.



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Item Location: Warwickshire
Seller: SilverstoneAuctions
Joined July 2011
  Louise Joiner
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Company: Silverstone Auctions
Country: United Kingdom
City: Warwickshire
Phone: 01926691141
Condition Rebuilt
Trade or Private: Trade
Price: £20,000
Added: 01/02/2023
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