“Great things come in small packages”
In 1964, we were introduced to the Austin Mini Cooper 1275 S, this mighty Mini with real power. We’ve put together our vital statistics for this British icon, including it’s history, a buyer’s guide and a look at how values have changed over the years.
The Austin Mini was a revolution when it hit the car market back in 1959; back then it was originally named the Morris Mini Minor and the Austin Seven, but by 1961 was officially named the Austin Mini.
With it’s transverse engine and compact body shell, the iconic Mini was something never seen before and everyone fell in love with it. This is why it became the best-selling car in British history with a production run of 5.3 million from 1959 to 2000.
The overall design of the Mini was to make it as efficient and practical as possible, it just so happened to be a very stable machine making it extremely capable round corners.
It wasn’t long before racing legend John Cooper got his hands on this practical little car and created a giant killer known as the Mini Cooper.
The Mini Cooper performed outstandingly at world rally events, including three victories at the Monte Carlo rally between 1964 and 1967.
The Mini not only received sporting admiration, it was also the motoring fashion statement of the sixties with the likes of the Beatles, Twiggy and Eric Clapton all owning a Mini back in the day.
Today the Mini remains a true British icon from track to Carnaby Street everybody loves the Mini.
|Years Produced||1964 - 1967|
|Performance||0 - 60mph 11.2 sec / Top Speed - 96mph|
|Power & Torque||76bhp / 79Ib ft|
|Engine||1275cc / four cylinder / 8 valves|
|Drive-train||front engine FWD|
|Transmission||Four speed manual|
A BUYERS GUIDE
Here are our tips should you be looking to buy an Austin Mini Cooper 1275 S.
OK…first things first, Minis rot! We all know this.
If you’re on the look-out for one don’t forget your magnet, the danger areas when it comes to body work are pretty much everywhere.
Floor panels, sills, wings, doors, the list goes on. Always inspect the car in daylight and be thorough, look everywhere.
Under the bonnet
The Mini’s A-Series engine is a robust little power house that can take abuse and will keep on giving. Check the cars history for regular servicing although many mini owners may do their own servicing. Look out for black smoke and listen for any low down knocking noises, as this may indicate an engine rebuild is imminent.
The four-speed manual gear box will never be ultra-smooth but if it crunches then beware, as this could mean it’s time for a replacement.
Brakes will be of the drum variety all round, check to make sure the pipes haven’t perished and make sure the fluid levels are good. Always check the braking capability on a test drive. If it pulls to one side then there could be a faulty calliper.
Fortunately Mini’s are reasonably easy to work on, although there’s not much room under that bonnet. Parts are inexpensive and widely available so you shouldn’t have any problems in this area.
The Classic Mini was one of the most popular cars ever produced, and a total of about 5,387,862 were built until it stopped production in the year 2000.
In 1961, the Morris Minor Mini became the first British car to sell more than 1,000,000 automobiles.
Mark Wilkinson (Managing Partner of Heritage Classic Car Insurance) says
“The Classic Mini, whether it be Austin or Morris is without doubt one of the most recognised cars in the world today. The 1960’s was indeed an industrious time for UK car manufacturers with Britain being the third largest car producer in the world. It’s no wonder that BMC were at the forefront of design when the revolutionary mini was revealed. It is this original concept that is still revered today which makes the Mini one of the most iconic cars over the last 65 years of motoring history”.