The original Mini was conceived in response to the 1957 Suez oil crisis. The British Motor Corporation (BMC) tasked Alec Issigonis with creating a small, fuel-efficient vehicle. Leonard Lord, President of BMC, was also keen to see that a safer alternative to the bubble cars that were popular in Germany would be built and sold in Britain. With the insistence that the design, be no more than 10ft long and would devote an unprecedented 80% of its footprint to passenger and luggage space, Issigonis took his tablecloth sketch to production reality in under two years.
Launched in 1959, the Mini was a radical design of its time. The transversely mounted engine with its gearbox-in-sump arrangement drove the front wheels, this ground-breaking technology allowed room to house four adults. The Mini’s frugality, practicality and performance were immediately obvious, making it an instant success. Issigonis’s friend John Cooper, owner of Cooper Car Company and designer and builder of Formula One and Rally cars, saw the potential of the Mini for competition. Issigonis was initially reluctant to see the Mini in the role of a performance car, but after John Cooper appealed to BMC management, the two men collaborated to create the Mini Cooper. The Mini Cooper was launched in September 1961 with an enlarged engine, twin SU carburettors, close ratio gearbox and front disc brakes. The new car proved instantly successful in British saloon car racing and rallying.
The Austin Mini Cooper MKII with factory high compression engine, offered here at Autostorico is an original RHD Home market 1968 built example. Finished in the iconic colour combination of Almond Green with Snowberry White roof. This stunning example still retains many of its original panels including its original floorplan and much of its interior trim. Recent works have included a full service including new rear bearings. A new boot board and spare wheel have been sourced and the correct MKII steering wheel fitted.
Supplied with a history file including a current V5 registration document, Numerous invoices, Heritage certificate and other related material.
A perfect opportunity to own such an iconic British classic, which will certainly appreciate over time.