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Rare 1965 Mini Cooper S that is been in a SHED for 34 years could fetch £32k at auction

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If you discover a automotive you fall in love with, it might probably be very difficult to part ways with it. And that appears to be the case with this ultra-rare Mini unearthed from a 30-year slumber before it heads to auction in September.

The timewarp 1965 Mk1 Mini Cooper S ‘1071’, finished in Almond Green paint, has been recovered from spending over three a long time in a shed.

The seller, now in his eighties, has owned the Mini since before England lifted the World Cup – and the very fact it has not moved in over 30 years explains why it has fewer than 40,000 miles on the clock from recent.

Within the 12 months it was produced, the Mini would have set owners back £778. When the hammer drops in a few months, experts consider it’s going to go for 41 times as much.

Not what you’d normally find in a garden shed: This rare Morris Mini Cooper S ‘1071’ has been kept on this shed on the outskirts of Kidderminster for 34 years. It goes to auction in September

Classic Automotive Auctions, which can offer the dinky sixties icon to the very best bidder on 24 September at its sale at Warwickshire Event Centre, describes it as a ‘sleeping beauty’ after it was situated in its 30-year hiding place recently.

It now expects a winning bid within the region of £28,000 to £32,000 when it goes to the block. 

The 1071cc MK1 Morris Cooper S was the performance version of the Mini produced by BMC (British Motor Corporation), and the primary to succeed on the Monte Carlo Rally back in 1964. 

Only around 4,000 examples were produced with this engine between 1963 and the rally-winning 12 months, with this instance being one in every of the last models built. 

Like all versions of the unique Mini Cooper S, the 1071cc is a highly desirable automotive. 

This one’s rare green paint job – contrasted with a white roof – in addition to the low mileage and fact it’s a UK-supplied, right-hand drive automotive means it should sell for relatively big money later in the summertime.

The elderly vendor acquired the car in 1965 from a BMC employee who had bought it a year earlier using the company's discount scheme for workers

The elderly vendor acquired the automotive in 1965 from a BMC worker who had bought it a 12 months earlier using the corporate’s discount scheme for employees

That means it has one owner since the year England lifted the World Cup - and in over half a century has accumulated only 39,144 miles

Meaning it has one owner because the 12 months England lifted the World Cup – and in over half a century has accrued only 39,144 miles

How rare is it? Only around 4,000 examples were produced with the 1,071cc Cooper S engine between 1963 and the Monte Carlo rally-winning year of 1964

How rare is it? Only around 4,000 examples were produced with the 1,071cc Cooper S engine between 1963 and the Monte Carlo rally-winning 12 months of 1964

Richard Greenhalgh who consigned the automotive for Classic Automotive Auctions, said the now-senior owner had chosen the compact British legend over a Jaguar sports automotive back within the sixties because he wanted to move more passengers on trips. 

‘The seller from near Kidderminster is in his 80s now,’ Richard explains.

‘In fact, when he bought the Mini Cooper it was quite a automotive in its day. 

‘He told me he could have had an E-Type Jaguar on the time but selected the Cooper S ‘1071’ as he desired to go on a trips with the automotive, with possibly two or three passengers and back then he felt the Cooper S was more practical than the E-Type.’

The car remains entirely original and retains the factory Dove Grey and Porcelain Green vinyl interior, which is complemented with Cumulous Grey carpets

The automotive stays entirely original and retains the factory Dove Grey and Porcelain Green vinyl interior, which is complemented with Cumulous Grey carpets

The Mini is a British icon, and the Mk1 Cooper S is the jewel of them all, which is why they are so desirable among collectors and classic car enthusiasts

The Mini is a British icon, and the Mk1 Cooper S is the jewel of all of them, which is why they’re so desirable amongst collectors and classic automotive enthusiasts 

The last MoT certificate with the car was issued in October 1986 at 39,031 miles, which means it has travelled just 113 miles in the last 36 years - based on today's odometer reading

The last MoT certificate with the automotive was issued in October 1986 at 39,031 miles, which suggests it has travelled just 113 miles within the last 36 years – based on today’s odometer reading

Morris Mini Cooper S ‘1071’ Mk1 specs

Production: 4,000 approx

Years built: 1963-1964

Price recent: £778 

Engine: 1,071cc 4-cylinder petrol

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Maximum power: 70bhp @6,200rpm

Acceleration (0-60mph): 13.5secs 

Top speed: 90mph

Dimensions

Length: 3,054mm

Width: 1,397mm

Height: 1,346mm

Wheelbase:  2,038mm

The automotive stays entirely original and retains the factory Dove Grey and Porcelain Green vinyl interior, which is complemented with Cumulous Grey carpets.

Originally purchased by a BMC worker on an organization discount scheme and never kept for long after which passed to its current owner since 1965, some 56 years current ownership and indicating a believed real 39,144 miles from recent.

The most recent MoT certificate accompanying the automotive was issued in October 1986 at 39,031 miles, which suggests it has travelled just 113 miles within the last 36 years.

It also comes with its original British Motor Corporation ‘Passport to Service’ book and a tax disc with an expiry date of 31 March 1988.

The Mini hasn’t been used on the road since, meaning it has been in storage for a whopping 34 years.

All identification numbers are real, correct and original. The ‘DON 55C’ registration number is original too, Classic Automotive Auction confirms – and is probably going price a number of thousand kilos by itself.

Provided that it has been kept in a wood shed for over three a long time, the auction house says there was no attempt made to start out it – though it does roll freely when pushed.

Within the condition report for the automotive, it scores a comparatively poor 61 out of 135, with clear signs that it needs some TLC.

Other than the inside, which appears in relatively good condition, the Mini’s exterior, engine and other mechanical components have been issued a two-out-of-five star rating.

It is still displaying a tax disc with an expiry date of 31 March 1988. The Mini hasn't been used on the road since, meaning it has been in storage for a whopping 34 years

It continues to be displaying a tax disc with an expiry date of 31 March 1988. The Mini hasn’t been used on the road since, meaning it has been in storage for a whopping 34 years

Given that it has been kept in a wooden shed for over three decades, the auction house says there has been no attempt made to start it - though it does roll freely when pushed

Provided that it has been kept in a wood shed for over three a long time, the auction house says there was no attempt made to start out it – though it does roll freely when pushed

The vendor, now in his eighties, told Classic Car Auctions that he chose the Mini Cooper S instead of a Jaguar E-Type in 1965 because he needed back seats to take passengers on trips

The seller, now in his eighties, told Classic Automotive Auctions that he selected the Mini Cooper S as a substitute of a Jaguar E-Type in 1965 because he needed back seats to take passengers on trips

Even the unique Cooper S 4.5J wheels will need some attention. 

While it would require some attention – and funds – if restored to like-new condition, the Mini could possibly be price as much as £50,000, in line with a valuation by classic automotive experts, Hagerty UK.

An example in good to excellent condition is price between £24,000 and £37,000, but few still on the road today may have mileage as little as this one – and just two owners from recent. 

A 1963 example, also finished in Almond Green with an Old English White roof, with just 33,000 miles on the clock – and in much better condition – was sold by Silverstone auctions in July 2020. It modified hands for £39,150. 

Classic Automotive Auctions recommends that interested collectors attend the September auction to view the automotive before registering a bid on the day of the sale.

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