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$16,0001963 Morris Mini

UPDATE: Seller reports that it’s GONE, GONE, GONE to a new home!

This 1963 Morris Mk1 Mini deluxe has been upgraded with a pumped-up, high-revving, genuine 997cc Cooper engine stuffed with all the performance goodies and mated with a later-model, 4-synchro, 4-speed “rod-shift” transmission. Cooper S components added include new Cooper S disc brakes, new Cooper S drums in the rear, a new Morris Cooper S grille, a Cooper S right-hand fuel and a Cooper S 120 mph speedo. The most recent service included a full tune-up and cooling-system flush, all new hoses, a new starter and solenoid and a new RC40 exhaust system. The body is solid, with no rust; the floors and rockers are original.

The steering is right-hand-drive (RHD).


Exterior Features:

As a true Mk1 model, it features the distinctive mustache grille with whiskers, small oval taillights and doors with external hinges. A bonus feature is that it’s an Australian model, which means the doors still have external hinges, but feature roll-up windows and “wind wings” that that provide superior ventilation. (UK-built Mk1s have sliding windows; both models have side rear windows that pop-out for additional ventilation.)

The 12×5 Minilights are wrapped with Yokohama A539 165/60/12 tires with good tread. Small black wheels arches help accent the wider stance. The twin side-view mirrors are chrome bullet-style.


In the Cabin:

The dash features the iconic, center-mounted dash pod that’s upgraded with a genuine Cooper S (120-mph) speedometer, with oil-pressure and water-temperature gauges on each side. The steering wheel is a Mountney model. The original seats have been redone in black leather with cloth inserts and the door cards are new. In the boot is an upholstered boot-board, a feature of the Cooper and Cooper S models, which covers the spare and battery.


Performance Mods and Upgrades:

The intake system features a single SU (1.5”) carb with a cone-type air cleaner, a Mini Spares tuned-port alloy intake manifold and a high-compression, ported-and-polished 12G202 cylinder head with dual valve springs. The fast road camshaft is Kent MD 276 model that boosts performance and enhances drivability. A compact, high-power PC680 micro battery has been relocated to the engine bay. Atop the engine sits a custom, alloy rocker cover. The aftermarket LCB header feeds the twin-box, side-exit RC40 exhaust system that boosts performance, but isn’t loud. The original “3-synchro” (non-synchro first gear) “remote-shift” transmission has been upgraded to an “A+” later-model “rod-shift” gearbox that is stronger and smoother-shifting. The charging system has been upgraded with an alternator conversion that provides higher output than the original generator.


Recent Service and Maintenance:

The most recent tuneup included new plugs, points, condenser, distributor cap and rotor and plug wires, along with fresh coolant and an oil and filter change. The valves were adjusted and the head was retorqued. The wiring was also gone through bumper-to-bumper; all lighting and electrics reportedly work as they should.


FYI & Notes:

The stunning color is unique in that depending on the lighting, it can appear dark blue, almost black or a dark purple. (These photos don’t do it justice.) The paint isn’t concours, but shows very well. There is no rust; the floors and typical locations for rust are solid, including the floors and inner and outer sills. (Typically, the Australian models have little or no rust, in part because of the drier climate.) A detail unique to the ‘63/’64 models is a full-skirt front (no cutouts). It also has dual drip rails, another early feature.


And Finally…

  • It is fully freeway-capable and cruises easily at 65-70 mph.
  • It needs nothing but a driver, the seller reports!

California title and current registration.

Located in Northridge, CA 91325

[ ID# BLUE63MK1COOPER ] Asking: $16k [ UPDATE: GONE! ]


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BOTTOM LINE: This is a case where it pays to do your homework. Be careful what you buy, you may not be able to drive it in some states, including California.


2019 – UPDATED FOOTNOTE: According to current California ARB guidelines, pre-1968 classic Minis – because of their age – would not be subject to the restrictions that would otherwise apply to direct-import vehicles. (Great news for this legitimate ’63 Mk1 Mini!)

UPDATE: Seller reports that it’s GONE, GONE, GONE to a new home!

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