This LHD Morris Mini Cooper 1275 S has benefitting from a recent ground up restoration to concours quality in the correct early type, (lighter shade RD9), Tartan red with black roof. The car was exported to Portugal on 3rd July 1965 as a CKD and is an original LHD car. It was registered to its first owner on 10th November 1965 and has remained in the country until now.
It was found many years ago as an abandoned project and the previous owner started restoration work in spring 2013 with every component being refurbished, renewed or replaced. All the bodyshell details were revised and rectified, using new panels where needed from M-Machine (UK) and Mini Spares (UK). Front and rear subframes were sandblasted and repainted. For reliability reasons “dry” (rubber cone) suspension was used along with an adjustable HILO suspension kit from Mini Spares.
The engine was completely dismantled, inspected and rebuilt using new parts only when the originals were not suitable to re use. The first step was to make the revision of the AEG312 “S” short block. Therefore, after verifying the good status of the crankshaft, pistons and con rods, it was fitted with new parts such as pistons rings, bearings, seals, oil and water pumps. A duplex vernier timing gear and chain set was fitted, along with a new camshaft kit. The original AEG163 head was beyond repair so a replacement Stage 3 head was sourced from Minisport. The gearbox received the same attention as the engine benefitting from a total strip and inspection before rebuild using new baulk rings.
A complete and new wiring loom was installed along with all new electronic components throughout the car for safety and reliability reasons.
The entire interior was re trimmed in the correct Newton Commercial, (UK), red and gold brocade with new seat covers, door cards, carpet, headlining and boot board. The car is fitted with very rare original 3.5” Cooper S wheels, (including spare), all running on Dunlop tyres and has a fresh MOT with no advisories.
It would be very easy to convert to RHD if desired, (half a days labour and a RHD steering rack).
Other than it’s document file the car comes with a Photobook of the restoration, it’s LHD headlights and original Portuguese number plates.