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$15,0001961 Austin MIni

This bright yellow 1961 Austin Mini has been upgraded with a recently rebuilt 1275cc engine (bored to 1310cc), Cooper “S” front disc brakes (7.5″), 10″ Minilight-style (8-spoke) alloy and an interior that includes sport seats, a wood steering wheel and a traditional Mini instrument cluster with a Smiths tachometer and oil-pressure and water-temperature gauges. The rebuilt engine has fewer than 3,000 miles on it.

UPDATE: Since the photos, the steering has been converted to Right-Hand-Drive (RHD), aka: “the British side!”  (All Minis come with the holes and mountings to put the steering on either side, if you prefer.)

It’s a true Mk1 model, so it has the cool, quirky doors with sliding windows and external door hinges, small oval taillights and the distinctive Mk1 “mustache grille” with “whiskers.”




  • Bright yellow paint (including engine compartment)
  • 10″ Minator (8-spoke, Minilight-style) alloys (including matching spare)
  • Yokohama A008 tires
  • Small black wheel arches (flares)
  • Morris Cooper S chrome grille
  • Twin driving lights
  • Twin retro-style, chrome side-view mirrors
  • “Mini Cooper S” badging on bootlid and Morris bonnet badge
  • Upgraded rear bumper to include corner bars and overriders (as fitted to Cooper/Cooper S/DeLuxe models)
  • High-mounted third brake light added




  • 1275cc engine (bored to 1310cc) with fewer than 3,000 miles since rebuilt
  • Manual transmission upgraded to later model, 4-speed, 4-synchro “rod shift” (stronger, smoother shifting) version
  • Header and Sportex performance center-exit exhaust with twin chrome pipes
  • Mikuni carb on alloy intake manifold and low-restriction performance air filter
  • Alloy rocker cover and chrome cap
  • Chrome crankcase breather
  • Coolant recovery tank added
  • Charging system converted to 12v alternator (negative ground; original was generator with positive ground.)
  • Heavy-duty engine steadies added (including two lowers)
  • Upgraded radiator



  • Cooper S f(7.5″) front disc brakes
  • Hi-Lo adjustable suspension



  • Sport bucket seats (reclining, black cloth)
  • 3-point, retractable seatbelts in front; lap belts added in the rear
  • original dash pod with Smiths speedo and Smiths gauges
  • Moto Lita wood steering wheel with alloy spokes
  • Wood shift knob
  • Air horns
  • Chrome steering column drop bracket
  • Paddy Hopkirk accelerator pedal (for easier heel-and-toe pedal operation during spirited driving!
  • Gray carpets in the cabin
  • Boot (trunk) is fully carpeted in gray, including bootlid
  • Bootboard added (as fitted to Cooper/Cooper S/DeLuxe models)
  • Electric windshield waster pump/bottle mounted in the boot (formerly had manual pump below dash)
  • Custom switch panel added, with red buttons to control 1.) fog/driving lights, 2.) electric windshield washers, 3.) oil cooler bypass switch
  • Hazard-light switch added


INTERIOR FEATURES: (stock Mk1 models)

  • Push-button starter on floor (a feature of the early Minis)
  • Flashing green bulb on end of turn-signal stalk (and it works!)
  • Chrome window latches (another feature of the early Minis)
  • Heater/defroster (originally an extra-cost option)


Notes & FYI:

  • Heritage Certificate pending
  • Extensive service history files
  • Recent oil change
  • New starter
  • Transmission has been replaced with one with a 3.1 final drive (for higher cruising speeds.)
  • Coco mats shown in some photos are not included; has rubber mats instead
  • Some spare parts are included (two boxes)
  • Paint has some chips, scratches and rust dimples; closeup photos available on request.
  • Registration renewed through 2019 (some photos show July 2018 expiration)


UPDATE: Since the photos, the steering has been converted to Right-Hand-Drive (RHD). (All Minis come with the holes and mountings to put the steering on either side, if you prefer.


California title and current 2019 registration

Located in Southern California (Orange County) in Westminster, CA 92683


[ ID# YELLOW1961 ] Asking: $15k


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.


FINE PRINT: MiniGuy / Lewis Motors makes no representations as to the accuracy of any seller’s listings on our “Consignment – For Sale by Owner” pages, including but not limited to, physical or mechanical condition of vehicle, status of title or registration, any applicable emissions-equipment, emissions-testing or emissions-certification requirements, as well as relevant safety equipment or safety-related requirements, import status, or fitness for use. Please note that emissions or safety requirements may differ by state, region, or country. Potential buyers should consult their appropriate state or local agencies or departments to determine, among other things, the status of a particular vehicle related to the above, including vehicles that might normally be exempt from emissions testing, emissions equipment, or emissions certification requirements. For California buyers or sellers, more information may be obtained from various state and local agencies, including, but not limited to, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the Bureau of Automotive Repairs (BAR) and the California Air Resources Board (ARB).

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.


2018 – 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 ’61 Mk1 Mini!)

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