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1963 Austin Mini Cooper S

1963 Austin Mini Cooper S

1963 Austin Mini Cooper S

BY 1963 the BMC Competition department knew what they wanted to do with the Mini. Their efforts culminated in the 1963 Austin Cooper S and Morris Cooper S. Besides a host of upgrades, the primary difference was a specially cast engine block and cylinder head that was more suitable for racing.

The first Cooper S models used a 1071 cc engine with a special nitrided steel crankshaft. In 1964 a range of displacements was offered including 971 cc and a 1275 cc.

For extended trips and rally racing, a second fuel tank was fitted. Other factory upgrades included larger front disc brakes, a vacuum-assisted brake booster and offset steel wheels which were widened to 4½ inches by 1964.

Despite only having around 75 bhp on tap, the Minis were very successful in Group 2 Rally racing, winning the Monte Carlo Rally outright.

In Detail

type Series Production Car
built at England
engine Inline-4
valvetrain OHV 2 Valves / Cyl
displacement 1071 cc / 65.4 in³
bore 70.6 mm / 2.78 in
stroke 68.28 mm / 2.69 in
compression 9.0:1
power 52.2 kw / 70.0 bhp @ 6200 rpm
specific output 65.36 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 123.46 bhp per tonne
torque 84.06 nm / 62.0 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm
redline 6500
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels Front Engine / FWD
front brakes Solid Discs w/Power Assist
rear brakes Drums w/Power Assist
front wheels F 25.4 x 8.9 cm / 10.0 x 3.5 in
rear wheels R 25.4 x 8.9 cm / 10.0 x 3.5 in
steering Rack & Pinion
curb weight 567 kg / 1250 lbs
wheelbase 2032 mm / 80.0 in
front track 1341 mm / 52.8 in
rear track 1191 mm / 46.9 in
length 3124 mm / 123.0 in
width 1410 mm / 55.5 in
height 1346 mm / 53.0 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
gear ratios 3.254:1, 1.948:1, 1.378:1, 1.0:1
final drive 3.7:1
top speed ~144.8 kph / 90.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~13.0 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~19.2 seconds

Auction Sales History

1963 Austin Mini Cooper S


1964 Austin Mini Cooper S CA2S7L487897 – sold for $39,600 Extremely Rare and Original 1071 Engine. Restored to Factory Specification. Charming Color Combination. Symbol of the Sixties British Culture.
Auction Source: The Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company
1963 Austin Mini Cooper S

1965 Austin Mini Cooper 1275 “S” – sold for $52,250 One of 2,384 “true” Mini Cooper 1275 ‘S’ and 1,324 LHD models produced. Single-family ownership from 1965-2003. Highly documented, accompanied by FIA papers and ready to race. Completely matching numbers from new and still fitted with the original documented accident- and rust-free shell.
Auction Source: 2011 Monterey Auction by

1963 Austin Mini Cooper S

1964 Austin Mini Cooper ‘S’

This Mini Cooper S was sold new in Belgium and is currently in the hands of only its third owner since 1964. Originally supplied with the 970cc engine (included in the sale) it is currently fitted with a 1,275cc unit prepared to competition specification by Mini Sport UK. Fully prepared for historic rallying, the car boasts straight-cut gearbox pinions, adjustable competition shock absorbers front and rear, interior roll cage, Sparco seats, multi-point harnesses, Tripmaster and chronometer, automatic fire extinguisher and an ignition cut out switch. Four road wheels/tyres, four dirt wheels/tyres and a single spare wheel come with it. A regular participant in the Legend Boucles de Spa (2008-2010) this potentially most competitive historic rally car is offered with British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate and current FIA and FIVA papers.

Auction Source: 2011 Automobiles d’exception au Grand Palais by Bonhams