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1967 Morris Mini Traveller
1275 Downton Cooper 'S' Specification
1967 Morris Mini Traveller
1275 Downton Cooper 'S' Specification
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Estimate: £36,000 - 44,000
  • V5 Present
  • MoT Exempt
  • Chassis number: MAW4927668
Purchased new by a Mr Deith of Woodford Green, a keen amateur rally driver, this Traveller was promptly prepared for competition use with the fitment of a MK III 1,275 S Cooper engine with thick flange block and retaining the original one and a quarter SU carbs. In July 1970, the car was despatched to world renowned Downton Engineering, the BMC performance tuning and rally conversion specialists, who uprated the car to their Downton No. 3 conversion. It is believed that following several years of competition use, the car was placed into storage and virtually forgotten about. Fast forward to early 2016 when we, at ACA, were contacted by an Essex based storage company regarding the potential sale of a Mini they wished to dispose of in
Purchased new by a Mr Deith of Woodford Green, a keen amateur rally driver, this Traveller was promptly prepared for competition use with the fitment of a MK III 1,275 S Cooper engine with thick flange block and retaining the original one and a quarter SU carbs. In July 1970, the car was despatched to world renowned Downton Engineering, the BMC performance tuning and rally conversion specialists, who uprated the car to their Downton No. 3 conversion. It is believed that following several years of competition use, the car was placed into storage and virtually forgotten about. Fast forward to early 2016 when we, at ACA, were contacted by an Essex based storage company regarding the potential sale of a Mini they wished to dispose of in
  • V5 Present
  • Chassis number: MAW4927668
Estimate: £36,000 - 44,000

order to cover outstanding storage fees. After recognising the Cooper S engine and looking through the paperwork, we realised that we had found a very special car. Purchased by the vendor at our June 2016 auction, an extensive, no expense spared programme of restoration works commenced. This included a full engine rebuild by former Downton engineer, Steve Harris, when it was upgraded to a documented Downton Stage 5 conversion and full gearbox rebuild. We have been advised that well in excess of £20,000 was spent including full professional re-spray. Other noteworthy features include Dunlop alloys, triple front spotlights, additional instrumentation, map light, sports seats, heated windscreen, re-trimmed seats, Morris Cooper S badges and Downton Engineering roundels. The history file includes restoration invoices and images, older V5, a few rally documents and images and the original Downton receipt dated 1970.

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