John Cooper, owner of the Cooper Car Company saw the potential of the Mini for competition. Issigonis was initially reluctant to see the Mini in the role of a performance car, but after John Cooper appealed to BMC management, the two men collaborated to create the Mini Cooper. The Austin Mini Cooper and Morris Mini Cooper debuted in September 1961.
The Mini Cooper S, was developed and released in 1963. Featuring a 1071 cc engine with a 70.61 mm bore and nitrided steel crankshaft and strengthened bottom end. 4,030 Cooper S cars were produced and sold until the model was updated in August 1964. Cooper also produced two S models specifically for circuit racing in the under 1,000 cc and under 1,300 cc classes respectively, rated at 970 cc and a 1,275 cc, both had a 70.61 mm bore and both were also offered to the public. The smaller-engine model was not well received, and only 963 had been built when the model was discontinued in 1965. The 1,275 cc Cooper S models continued in production until 1971.
This example was purchased by Captain Hughes (an ex Wellington Bomber Pilot) in 1971. Wood and Pickett supplied a new black interior with reclining seats during the same year. He used the car up until 1990, when due to poor health he stopped using it. In 2003 he reluctantly sold it to his local garage on the basis he could overview it being restored back to its original glory.
This car has receipts for in excess of £10,000 spent refurbishing it including: a new Subframe, Wheels, Tyres, Heater Matrix, Starter Motor, Brake Master Cylinder, Stainless Steel Exhaust, Brake Calipers and Discs, Clutch, Battery and Radiator. In addition the car has had a complete respray in the original Teal Blue (with a Snowberry White Roof).
Gaydon Motor Museum have supplied a heritage certificate showing confirmation of manufacture of this vehicle. Since the renovation the current owner has displayed the car at the Spa Classic and Goodwood Revival in 2017. The car drives as well as it looks, and is one of the very last proper Cooper S cars built.