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1966 Austin Mini Cooper

1275S
RM Open Roads February 2021
Friday, 19 February - Sunday, 28 February 2021
€33,000 ($39,907)
Not sold at a high bid of
€35,000 - €45,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
119
Lot Number
#2-
Visually maintained, largely original
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. CA2S7L892254; Engine no. 9FSAY42017. Island Blue with white roof over light blue and white vinyl. LHD, 1275/76hp, 4-speed, steel wheels with hub caps.

Evaluation: Located in Italy. Older restoration in its original colors with more recent mechanical servicing done in 2019. Represented as matching numbers engine. Some of the green paint is chipping off the engine but everything under the hood looks restored or replaced and the space is quite clean. No paint or body issues evident, but a lack of inspection report from RM makes assessing that difficult. Clean interior. No major flaws, just a clean and correct Cooper S, for which a matching numbers engine is a big deal.

Bottom Line: This Cooper attracted just 10 bids despite its charm, performance, and mostly impressive condition. A deal was probably close at the reported high bid, but the consignor can’t be judged too harshly for expecting more.

by Andrew Newton
6 March 2021
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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