Austin Cooper S
First Title: 1963/10
Gearbox Type: Manual
Warranty: Mutual Agreement
Vehicle in a state of contest, has been recovered for over 25 years!
In 1963, the BMC Competition department knew what it wanted to do with the Mini. His efforts culminated in the 1963 Austin Cooper S and Morris Cooper S. In addition to a series of upgrades, the main difference was the specially designed engine block and cylinder head, best suited for racing.
The first Cooper S models used a 1071 cc engine with a nitrided steel crankshaft. In 1964, a series of displacements were offered, including 971 cc and 1275 cc. For extended trips and rally racing, a second fuel tank was installed. Other factory upgrades included larger front disc brakes, a vacuum brake booster and offset steel wheels that were extended to 4½ inches in 1964.
Despite having only 75 hp on tap, Minis were very successful in Group 2 races, winning the Monte Carlo Rally.