This customized ’67 Austin Mini Cooper “S” was formerly owned by Tim Allen and appeared in a memorable episode of the “Home Improvement” television show that ran from 1991 through 1999. It is a genuine S that was registered to his production company, Boxing Cat Productions.
Here’s a video clip on YouTube:
The Mini was fully customized in the mid ‘80’s and features bright metallic-red paintwork, period Fortech racing flares, louvers in the bonnet (hood) and a Union Jack flag on the roof. Inside, there is a period Rokee wood dash, racing bucket seats, a sport steering wheel and a tachometer. It wears 13”x7” alloy wheels with gold centers and polished lips. The 30-plus year old paintwork has held up surprisingly well. (Closeups of chips and flaws are in the photo gallery).
It’s a legit S with all the correct features, including the 130 mph Cooper S speedo, twin fuel tanks, dual SU carburetors and chrome brightwork around the door frames. The 7.5” Cooper S front disc brakes were later updated to 8.4” discs.
The steering is factory left-hand-drive (LHD).
Engine and Transmission:
The 1275cc Cooper S engine (with proper 11-stud head and tappet-chest covers on the back of the block.) is mated with a rebuilt four-speed, 4-synchro transmission.
- Twin 1.5” SU carbs
- Header and performance exhaust system
- Custom air cleaner box
- Alloy rocker cover w/ T-bolts
- Alternator conversion (replaced original generator)
The custom exterior features Fortech fiberglass racing flares and a louvered bonnet (hood).
- Monza-style alloy flip-top, fuel-filler caps (on twin fuel tanks)
- Grille buttons
- Hella twin driving lights
- Tow hook
- Air horns
- UK-style license plates: “67 COOPER S”
Brakes and Suspension:
- Upgraded to coil springs and HiLo adjustable suspension (originally had Hydrolastic “wet” type)
- Front disc brakes are upgraded to 8.4” diameter (stock S are 7.5”)
- Rokee wood dash w/ twin gloveboxes
- Black racing bucket seats
- Red seatbelts
- Union Jack alloy shift knob
- Sport steering wheel
- Sony stereo/CD player
- Paddy Hopkirk accelerator pedal
Recent Upgrades and Maintenance:
- Rebuilt 4-speed, 4-synchro transmission (Seven Enterprises)
- New 13″ gold alloys with polished lips
- New Tires
- New Starter
- New starter solenoid
- New front disc rotors
- New disc brake pads
- New fuel pump
- Twin Driving lights added
Video 1: walkaround and running: (00:46
Video – Driving: (00:40)
Video: driving (00:21)
Video w/ lights on: (00:22)
Notes & FYI:
- Binder of extensive documents, receipts and copy of 1996 title
- Paintwork is from mid-‘80’s. Various paint chips and flaws are shown in the closeups
- No cracks where fiberglass Fortech flares were bonded to the body. (Very well done)
- If not regularly driven, there is a puff of smoke when first starting, seller reports
- California title issued to production company: 3/12/1996 (copy in photo gallery)
- Speedo stopped working fairly recently; odometer shows 88k miles (true miles unknown)
Model and Chassis Number:
- 1967 Mk2 Austin Mini Cooper S (1275cc)
- VIN: CA2SBL-10886[*][*]A
Clear Tennessee title and current registration. (Previously registered in California)
Located (near Memphis Tennessee) in Atonka, TN 38004. (Transport quotes available.)
[ ID# TIM67MK2S ] Asking: $25k
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2020 – 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 ’67 Mini!)Vehicle Details: