John Cooper, owner of the Cooper Car Company saw the potential of the Mini for competition.
Cooper already knew a lot about tuning BMC’s A-Series engine – he was running the company’s Formula Junior effort at the time – and applied his knowledge in developing a high-performance Mini.
The result, launched in September 1961, was the Mini Cooper, a car that offered a size/price/performance package that was nothing short of miraculous.
The Mini Cooper soon established its credentials as a rally and race winner, and the stage was set for even faster versions.
The first of these – the 1,071cc Mini Cooper ‘S’ of 1963 – took engine development a stage further and provided the basis for the 971 ‘S’ and 1275 ‘S’ of 1964.
The ultimate Mini of its day, the 1275 ‘S’ pumped out 76bhp while remaining exceptionally flexible and was good for a genuine 100mph (161km/h) – an astonishing performance at the time.
Although the MK III had been introduced in 1969, the Cooper S production did not commence until March 1970 and the normal Cooper was discontinued.
The Cooper S was virtually indistinguishable from the standard MK III except for the twin petrol tanks, wheels and boot badge. Internally the main clue was the 130mph speedometer.
The Mark III Cooper S is one of the rarest of all Cooper derivatives, with 1,570 examples have been produced before the production ended.
It makes the MKIII a true limited edition, compared to a total of about 125.000 Coopers and Cooper S.
ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE
This extremely rare example and most probably the best restored Cooper S MKIII, was built in 1971 making it one of the last real classic Cooper.
This example is in the very rare Black color, although original and beautifully combined with the all black interior was not one of the 9 standard factory colors.
The color suits the Mini extremely well.
It was most likely a special paint to order , similar to the 27 white cars made for the Liverpool police.
The previous owner and very notable Mini restorer used his years of experience and all his passion to restore this completely from A to Z.
When the restoration was finished in 2019 every bolt and nut was taken from the car and every singe part has been restored.
The result of the restoration is absolute amazing and we dare to conclude that this is most probably the nicest Cooper S MKIII.
After the restoration the car was awarded Best in Class at the Brighton Mini Run Concours.
A month later it won the well respected Beaulieu Cup at the Mini Cooper Register’s prestigious National Mini Day.
The current owner is an extremely serious Belgian collector of important race and road cars from the 1930s to the current day, he has driven the Mini very lightly and kept it in dry storage when not in use.
CONDITION INTERIOR / EXTERIOR / ENGINE BAY / BOOT
We always write long stories about the condition of the interior, exterior, engine bay, boot but we can be very very short in this case.
The car is better then new and certainly nicer then new. The car is unbelievable nice restored and we can only describe the current overall condition as superb.
On request we can send you all sorts of pictures but please take a look at the pictures from underneath the car. It will confirm what is written above. The car is nicer and better then new.
This extremely rare example and most probably the best restored Cooper S MKIII feels as having a lot of money spend on it.
The Mini is presented in exceptional looking and driving condition, looking just like it did on leaving the factory in 1971.
It is a very impressive example to drive around with.
Altogether an absolute fantastic appearance due to the high quality of restoration but also a fantastic driving example .
We hope that this Mini will get a new home from a person who appreciate the enormous amount of time and money which is spend to bring the car in this absolute outstanding condition.