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$18,5001962 Austin Mini Cooper

UPDATE: Seller in California reports that it’s GONE, GONE, GONE to its new home in SoCal!

This rally-inspired ‘62 Mk1 Austin Mini is an early 997 Cooper model upgraded to 1275 Cooper “S” specs and outfitted with period features that include Lucas spotlights in front, a rear-facing Lucas spotlight on the bootlid, leather bonnet straps, S badging and a roll bar. The Heritage Certificate confirms that it’s a very early Austin Cooper and is a factory North American Export model that was built 22 March, 1962 and shipped to the U.S. on 2 April, 1962.

Note: Upgrades done since the photos in the gallery were taken include racing door circles (#7), racing seats, rally gauges and roof rack. (Fresh photos available.)

Heritage Certificate:

Chassis Number C-A2S7-L/2329[*][*]

Body Number 36[*][*]

Date of Build: 22 March 1962

Date of Despatch: 2 April 1962

Destination: USA

Original colors: Tartan Red and Black

Original interior colors: Red and Gold brocade



Bright white with a black vinyl-wrapped roof (vinyl is removable; the black-and-white checkers underneath are painted.)

  • Revolution 10” alloy wheels (w/ new matching spare)
  • Yokohama A008 tires (80% tread remaining)
  • Group 2 Works wheel arches
  • Cooper “S” badging on bonnet and bootlid
  • Stainless-steel bumpers (as original) with new overriders and corner bars
  • New Wipac H4 headlights with pilot lamp (w/ new buckets and wiring relays)
  • Lucas spotlights w/ relay and custom Hella switch panel
  • Lucas center-mount reverse light with custom switch and indicator light
  • Leather bonnet straps
  • Monza-style alloy locking fuel cap
  • Vintage UK Automobile Association badge
  • Vinyl decal on bonnet with UK registration number (removable)
  • Union Jack enamel badges (above front wheels)
  • Chrome door mirrors (period style)
  • Period-style Champion and Heuer Chronograph race decals (removable vinyl)
  • New rear hinged number plate mount
  • New license-plate chrome lamp
  • New stainless wipers
  • New windscreen washer jets and Tudor washer-fluid bottle
  • New chrome body seam trim


Engine & Transmission:

Genuine 1275cc Cooper “S” block (w/ proper S tappet covers on back)

  • 12G1316 cylinder head
  • Cooper “S” 4 speed, 3-synchro transmission
  • 3.44 final drive
  • Alloy rocker cover with T-bar bolts
  • Period alloy oil filler cap
  • Weber 45DCOE carburetor (Italian-made)
  • Warneford alloy intake manifold
  • Ramflo high flow air filter
  • New engine stabilizer bars, upper and lower
  • New Maniflow LCB header and twin-box, center-exit exhaust (1.75”)

Higher-capacity (9 gallon) fuel tank (replaces stock 6.6 gallon)



  • New starter motor
  • New ignition coil
  • New ignition solenoid
  • New battery
  • New horn
  • New NGK spark plugs and new points
  • Everything reportedly works!


Brakes and suspension:

Upgraded to Cooper S 7.5″ front disc brakes

  • Braided stainless-brake hoses
  • Brake servo (booster)
  • New brake master cylinder

HiLo adjustable suspension

  • KYB shocks


In the Cabin:

Cobra classic-style vinyl bucket seats with period lap seat belts

  • Cooper S 130mph (Mk2) speedometer
  • Roll bar (half-cage) is custom leather-wrapped
  • MotoLita 13” wood steering wheel
  • Paddy Hopkirk alloy accelerator pedal.
  • New Smiths tachometer (80mm)
  • New dash cards and tray liner
  • Smiths oil-pressure gauge
  • Smiths water-temperature gauge
  • New ignition switch and switch plate
  • New headliner and carpet
  • Deluxe carpet mats
  • Works toggle-switch extensions for lights and wipers
  • Sun visors are custom-made, center-mount black vinyl
  • New bootboard and bootlid liner


Notes and FYI:

  • Period-correct, original Driver’s Handbook
  • Original Cooper (100mph) speedo is included; needs repair.
  • Bootlid has two small holes drilled above license plate (see closeup)
  • New windscreen-washer jets are fitted, but not connected
  • No rear seat (has half-cage roll bars)
  • Glass is all original and date-coded

Receipts for parts alone in 2017 total more than $4,500.



1.) Walkaround (00:32)


2.) Running and the rear (00:15)


2b.) Startup  (00:24)


3.) Engine running  (00:19)


4.) Exhaust and revs (00:15)


5.) Headlights, parking beams, and rally lights on: (00:33)


6.) Driving #1  (00:48)


7.)  Driving #2 and straightaway (00:26)


8.) Drive-by (00:17 )


And Finally:

  • Runs well, drives well – and very well-sorted, reports the seller.

Note: Upgrades done since the photos in the gallery were taken include:

  • Racing door circles (#7)
  • racing seats
  • rally gauges
  • roof rack w/ bike carrier
  • Fresh photos available

California title and current registration


Located (near Oakland) in Pleasant Hill, California 94523

[ ID# WHITE62COOPER ]  Asking: $18.5k  [ UPDATE: GONE! ]


Independent mechanical evaluations may also be arranged, as well as nationwide door-to-door transport. Escrow Services for payment, title-document-transfers, and transport coordination (to help provide more-secure transactions) are also available, contact us for details.


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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.


2017 – 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 ’62 Mk1 Mini!)

UPDATE: Seller in California reports that it’s GONE, GONE, GONE to its new home in SoCal!

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