1961 Mini Cooper (S-spec)

Lot: 518

Sold for (£): 20,535
Offered for sale is a 1.2L 1961 Mini Cooper (Modified to ‘S' specification) manual that has been with the current owner for the last 10 years. Coming with an extensive history file, this lot's condition scores an impressive 110 / 135.

Classic Car Auctions says:

Fully restored early Cooper powered by the desirable 1071S...

  • Delivered new in 1961 to Peter Swatman, Managing Director of SU Carburetors
  • In 1965, the 997cc Cooper engine was exchanged for a 1071S and the car upgraded to 'S'-spec
  • Re-shelled in 1967 and used continuously until the mid-80s before being retired
  • Fully documented and photographed bare-shell rebuild (2009-2010) by Peter Farrington
  • Tartan Red with a black roof retaining the original red and silver Brocade trim
  • Good history file with invoices, restoration details, and provenance dating back to mid-60s
  • Charismatic early Cooper with only two owners in the logbook. Fresh MOT prior to auction


Lot Details

Registration: 928 EOP RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Year: 1961 Engine size: 1.2L
Make: Mini Odometer reading (miles): 58959
Model: Cooper (Modified to ‘S' specification) MOT expiry: 2020-06-09
Warranted: No Chassis number: KA2S4181487

Vendor Condition Report

Overall: 110 / 135


Bodywork: Glass:
Paint: Chrome:


Bubbling on paint work in minor areas but looks to me in my opinion to be rust free.


Door-cards: Carpets:
Seating: Headlining:
Dashboard: Boot:


Authentic with original interior with that distinctive 'old car' aroma.


Components: Starting:
Appearance: Running:


Water staining on side of header tank other wise very good!


Gears: Drive-shaft:


In good working order. The 1st gear sometimes will crunch when you are going from 2nd to 1st.

Running Gear

Axles: Chassis:
Suspension: Bearings:
Brakes: Wheels/Tyres:


Minor: Major:

Vehicle History


2 owners on the logbook the car was delivered new in 1961 to Peter Swatman managing director of SU Carburetors a company that been supplying BMC with Carbs for many years. the orginial engine 997 was exchanged for 1071 S in 1965 and the rest of the car was upgraded to s Specification there onwards (1967) the car was re shelled due a minor accident and rust developed. the car was continusoily used up intil the mid 1980s when it was retired. residing in ther Swatman family home until 2009. The car has been in the family for 10 years. The Mini was fully restored over the course of two years or so to a good standard which is all documented in the history file we have. I was told by a our local mini specialist from Aberystwyth that the car was driven by Sir Stirling Moss on behalf of BMC for a press day around Donnington. If you have any information to support this fact greatly appreciated.

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Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car
Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts
Good Every-day useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history
Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history
Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history