John Cooper, a friend of Sir Alec Issigonis, owner of the «Cooper Car Company» and Formula 1 World Champion in 1959 and 1960, saw the potential of the mighty MINI, and after some experiments and tests, the two collaborated to create a fast, agile, economical and cheap car.
In September 1961 the Austin Mini Cooper and Morris Mini Cooper were introduced to the world.
The capacity of the original 848cc engine of the Morris Mini-Minor has been increased to 997cc, increasing the power from 34hp to 55hp. It used two SU HS2 carburettors and 7″ disc brakes on the front wheels.
1.000 units of this first generation “Cooper” were ordered, destined and designed for approval in Group 2 FIA.
In 1963, the «Cooper S» was launched with a 1.071 cc engine and larger disc brakes. 4.030 «Cooper S» were produced until August 1964, when the 1.071 cc version was discontinued and the «mythical» 1.275 cc engine with a power output of 78hp was introduced.
This 1966 Austin MINI Cooper S Mk.I is in excellent condition and it was classified as a car of historic interest by the Caramulo Museum.