Mini Cooper & Cooper S Images and Technical Specification

 

Mini Cooper
Mini Cooper
 

History

The Mini Cooper was the brain child of John Cooper, Formular 1 world champion constructor in 1959 and good friend of Alex Issigonis the creator of the Mini. John Cooper was convinced that the Mini was ripe for tuning but unfortunalty this met with little response from Issigonis. Undetered John Cooper when to the head of BMC (George Harrima) and obtained an inital agreement to build 1000 Mini Coopers to be used for motor sport Homologation. The minis 848cc engine was increased to 997cc and twin carburetters were added which gave a significant increase in performance. The result was an instant comercial success and withing 2 years the 1071cc Cooper S was born, due to the fact that John Cooper was still into single seat racing and the capacity for Formula Junior was 1100cc and John Cooper had instigated a development program to use the A series engine from the Mini in these. Also Issigonis was enthusiastic about the competition potentio of his baby car, a fact that was also not lost on the BMC managers who liked the publicity especialy when the car started wining races and rallys.
The final increase in capacity was to 1275cc and this continued until the end came in July 1971 with the Mini in MKIII form when it was dropped from the range as part of the cost cutting and rationalisation under British Leyland but it would be back in the late 80's under a Rover banner.

Owning an Mini Cooper or Mini Cooper

Minis have always been about fun, with a wheel in each corner it's like go karting on the open road. The briliant design means that it is a small car but there is plenty of space for four adults so it is a truly practical classic. Added to that relative cheap price to buy, low insurance and good fuel economy they should not brake the bank. I have never had the chance to own a Cooper or Cooper S but did own the next bst thing British Leylands later model the Mini 1275GT. This was a great car, it was basically a cut down Cooper, same capacity engine as the last of the Coopers but using lower spec components (again cost cutting). Nether the less this was still a fast and capable car and a lot of fun.

 

Buyers Guide

Because the Mini Cooper and S are a favourite of the fakers and have been for some time the buyers guide is rather long Click Here to go to the buyers guide own webpage.

 



 

 

 

Cooper production dates and chassis numbers
997
Austin MKI
July 1961 to Nov 1963
CA2S7 138301-489222
Morris MKI
July 1961 to Nov 1963
KA2S4 138311-487907
998
Austin MKI
Jan 1964 to Oct 1967
CA2S7 502447-1064385
Morris MKI
Jan 1964 to Oct 1967
KA2S4 502482-1064385
Austin MKII
Oct 1967 to Nov Nov 1969

CA2SB 1068151 -1370956

Morris MKII
Oct 1967 to Nov Nov 1969
KA2S6 1069051-1365476
1071S
Austin MKI
Apr 1963 to Aug 1964
CA2S7 384101-563570
Morris MKI
Apr 1963 to Aug 1964
KA2S4 384601-563500
1275S
Austin MKI
Mar 1964 to Oct 1967
CA2S7 551501-1066319
Morris MKI
Mar 1964 to Oct 1967
KA2S4 552501-1066320
Austin MKII
Oct 1969 to Mar 1970
CA2SB 1068451-1375331
Morris MKII
Oct 1969 to Mar 1970
KA2S6 1068471-1375346
Mini MKIII
Mar 1970 to Jun 1971
XAD 134127-1458987
970S
Austin MKI
Jun 1964 to Apr 1965
CA2S7 549501-549992
Morris MKI
Jun 1964 to Apr 1965
KA2S4 550501-550980

 




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