1968 Austin Mini Cooper S MK2

Highlights

  • Only 33 x 1968 Austin Cooper S Minis on the DVLA database
  • Genuine Cooper S with matching numbers
  • Major refurbishment work carried out
  • Original UK RHD example with Heritage certificate
  • Professionally reconditioned engine and gearbox

The Appeal


A high-octane, high-performance iteration of the legendary Austin Mini - prepared by the legendary Cooper Works. It's fair to say that there are few cars with such effortless fun behind the wheel. Nimble, low-to-the-asphalt speeds will quickly transport any driver to the glory days of Monte Carlo - or have them feeling every bit the Michael Caine on the road. 

This 1968 Mk2 example is one of only 33 known to be on the DVLA's database: an authentic, matching-numbers example that's backed by its heritage certificate. The car's keepers - both past and present -  have clearly recognised just what a special example it is, too. This is a car in fine order, ready and waiting for its next buyer.  

Over the past few years, the original engine and gearbox have been professionally reconditioned, and the car has undergone significant mechanical and cosmetic work. Presented in a period-accurate Tartan Red with a black roof and a highly original cabin, this lovely little car is every bit as sporting and stylish as it was leaving the factory more than fifty years ago.



History and Paperwork

  • Heritage certificate verifies this car as an original UK RHD example built on 27th May 1968 and despatched to the original supplying dealer on 29th May 1968
  • 5 previous registered keepers
  • In current ownership since July 2023
  • Fully restored by a previous owner
  • One of only 33 x 1968 Austin Cooper S Minis on the DVLA database
  • Currently indicates 70,174 miles on a five-figure odometer
  • The vendor believes this is an authentic mileage
  • According to the car's MOT history, it's covered less than 3,000 miles in 12 years
  • Valid, advisory-free MOT until November 2024



The Condition

  • Very attractive Tartan Red bodywork with a Black roof
  • Everything appears in good order, with little to no signs of use
  • Chrome details, additional brightwork, and external trim pieces all look in good order
  • Minilite wheels look in fine order
  • The underside is also in body colour and in very good condition
  • Sump guard fitted from new
  • Reclining seats in very good condition with no rips or tears
  • Door cards in good order
  • Carpets and headlining appear clean
  • Dashboard in good condition
  • Fitted with a Smiths rev counter mounted on the steering column



The Mechanics

  • 1,293cc A-Series I4 powerplant
  • Manual transmission with 4 gears
  • Original engine and gearbox were professionally reconditioned and have covered approximately 1,500 miles
  • Engine was bored out to 1,293cc during reconditioning
  • Gearbox has straight cut gears on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gears and an LSD is fitted
  • New brake drums, shoes, handbrake levers, head gasket replaced, water pump and hoses during current ownership
  • Other work includes new wiper boxes, wiper motor overhaul, and a new heater matrix
  • Recent oil and filter change
  • Recently tuned
  • Carburettors overhauled by a local classic car specialist
  • The vendor reports that it drives and handles very well with the unmistakable Mini exhaust note present and correct
  • We've no reports of any mechanical issues



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Auction Details
  • Year 1968
  • Make Austin
  • Model Mini
  • Colour Red
  • Mileage 70,164 Miles
  • Engine size 1293
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Tunbridge Wells
  • County Kent
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
28 Bids
  • fr•••• £26,750 15/07/24
  • pa•••• £26,500 15/07/24
  • fr•••• £26,250 15/07/24
  • pa•••• £26,000 15/07/24
  • fr•••• £25,750 15/07/24
  • pa•••• £25,500 15/07/24
  • fr•••• £25,250 15/07/24
  • pa•••• £25,000 15/07/24
  • fr•••• £24,750 15/07/24
  • pa•••• £24,500 15/07/24

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