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1962 Austin Mini Cooper Vintage Rally Car Targa

Posted Jan 30, 2024 | Hits
Make: Austin
Model: Mini Cooper
Country: USA
Region: NJ
City: Jersey City
Zip: 07306
Body Style: Coupe
Year: 1962
Mileage: 2200 Miles
Transmission: Manual
Fuel: Gasoline
Doors: 2
Color: Blue
Condition: Used
1962 Austin Mini Cooper
Targa Newfoundland Rally Car
'62 Austin Mini Cooper rally car. Built in 2009 using a genuine '62 Austin Mini Cooper shell, to compete at the 2009 Targa Newfoundland Rally, where it finished 2nd in class and 13th overall. Constructed to comply with Targa rules, the car is also licensed for street use in its home province of Manitoba with headlights, signals, wipers, horn and the like. Great opportunity to buy an as-rallied Mini Cooper in excellent condition with competition provenance.
The body was sandblasted when the car was built in 2009, had the necessary metalwork done (including replacement of the front nose panel), and is now completely solid with no rust issues anywhere on the body structure. Fender flares are fiberglass, and have some cracks (they were taped up at the rally) - the right-hand front flare has a small piece chipped off, but it is included. Hood (bonnet) is a liftoff with straps. Aside from the flares and bonnet, the rest of the body is metal.
The body's rally modifications include a TIG welded chrome moly roll cage, reinforced front and rear subframes, tie-down / tow hooks, and a fully removable trunk (boot) lid for better access to the trunk area (the trunk lid can also be opened with its strap and left on the car with the wire holds in place). The car has a heavy duty alloy skid plate installed.
Paint has good shine, with much of its Targa livery still intact. It is all stick-on (nothing painted on), but since it has been there for upwards of eight years now, the buyer may need to do some work on the paint if intending to remove the stickers. There are a few chips and scratches from the Targa (most notable on the passenger side A-pillar and driver's side rocker -see closeup photos), but the car hasn't had any off-road incidents. There are a few small spots of black overspray on the front of the car from some paintwork that was going on too close to the car in storage;
The engine is an Austin Mini Cooper S model bored out to 1360cc that has been race engineered to use Graham Russell pistons, cylinder head and rally camshaft. Carburation for this setup is satisfied with twin HS6 (1 and 3/4 inch) SU's as well as taller float bowels to address fuel starvation on hard cornering. Ignition is 123 (electronic distributor). The engine was dyno'd at 131 crankshaft horsepower before being used for competition in the 2009 Targa Newfoundland Rally. It runs on premium pump gas.
In January 2017, the ITG carb filter in the photos was added and the engine was fired up and run for about 10 minutes. Oil pressure registered 70 PSI on the oil pressure gauge cold, and remained above 60 when it warmed up. A “dry” compression test followed and the four cylinders were consistent at 160.
Transmission is a straightcut synchromesh gearbox!
Car has a high-torque starter, 8-gallon fuel cell, and a Facet fuel pump. The radiator is a UK-made Radtec aluminum unit. Car has a Maniflow rally race muffler with large bore headers and a reverse megaphone exhaust.
Interior is in as-rallied condition, with two Sparco race seats on custom mounts, tool bag, and all instruments intact.
Instruments are a stock Cooper S 130 MPH speedometer, with Autometer oil pressure and water temperature to the sides. A tach is mounted on the driver's side at the top of the A-pillar. A Brantz rally computer is still installed which takes the measurement from the right rear wheel hub.
Wheels / Tires
Wheels on the car are CMW (Classic Motor Works), a three piece aluminum 10 x 6 racing wheel designed and built by CMW. The car comes with 5 CMW wheels in total.
The Yokohama A032R tires were installed new in 2009.

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