1972 Austin Cooper 1275 "S" (SOLD)
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AND WHAT A CAR!!!!!!!! Okay, pieced together from a variety of components but ALL properly and professionally done......
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Excellent Mk III body, roll up windows, modern controls, face level air vents, replaced floors and rockers, new subframes (the most important parts, structurally), very nice recent paint, dark gray with white rally stripes and roof, excellent interior, new carpets, correct "S" dash and 130 mph speedo, column mounted tachometer, reclining Corbeau rally seats, smaller steering wheel....all done nicely.
Engine: A+(the best) block, forged flat top pistons, balanced, high lift camshaft, 940 Cooper "S" 11 stud head, single HIF6 1 3/4" SU (for easy tuning), tubular headers, recently installed rod change 4 speed transmission, 2.9 final drive. 75 psi oil pressure when warm, 210-220 psi compression, no smoke, VERY strong performance.
The rest..... new 10" Minilite type alloy wheels with new 165/70 Dunlop high speed radials, rebuilt suspension with new bushings, tie rod ends, wheel bearings, ball joints, 1.5 degree negative camber arms, adjustable caster angle, adjustable ride height rubber cones, front disc brakes, new dual master cylinder, new aluminum radiator, stereo/CD, full set of belts, driving lights built into the grille, long range fuel tank, the list goes on and on and on.
A wonderful Cooper "S" with a lot of high performance equipment, high geared with the 2.9 diff, powerful, awesome handling, and distinctive style (go see the 'Italian Job' from 1969 with Michael Caine, Noel Coward, and Benny Hill)
What is best is that this car is fun at speeds approaching legality....the problem is, in a constrained 55-65 mph society, speeds substantially in excess of the legal speed limit are primarily cause for suspension of license and increase in car insurance. Hence, what's better than a car that is FUN to drive AND gives the impression of greater speeds? In fact, with its 2.9 gearing, this Mini Cooper will cruise nicely at 80+ mph and hit higher speeds. But how much more is ideal for...FUN????? Truth is, with modern cars, greater speed potential is mostly academic.
A neat little car.