Thursday, September 25, 2014

San Francisco Street Sighting - 1967 Austin Mini Cooper S

Lately we've been looking at a lot of huge cars here, so today let's switch it up with a classic Mini. This one's a Cooper S from the late '60s. I didn't spend a whole lot of time shooting it, so I don't know much about it. From what I can see in the pictures, this Cooper has been customized quite a bit with a roll bar, fender flares, different wheels and an aftermarket grille. The yellow-tinted headlamps give it a French-market appearance. If the taillight design, script badging and rear window shape are any indication, I think this is a 1967 car, an early Mark II. Mini fans, please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

I have to hand it to the owner for picking a custom wheel that isn't a Minilite or knock-off of a Minilite. The eight-spoke slotted design is kind of interesting, though I can't identify the maker. Likewise, the monochromatic yellow color stands out from most other Minis. Apart from that, what can I say? It's a classic Mini and those are always welcome in my viewfinder. You'll be seeing more of them in the future.


  1. I would guess this is a bit of a Johnny Cash Lunch Box car the grill looks standard for an older up to '67 Mini Mk1 but the rest of the car looks like a post '67 Mk II, square rear lights and exterior door hinges, the after market arches could be post '84 Mini Mk V.

  2. Definitely a Mk2. The Mk 1 had a much smaller rear window and tail lights, and the Mk3 had hidden door hinges and winding windows. Both very difficult features to change. The grille is not original.

  3. Uuuuuuuugly and the color plus the stupid yellow headlights make it look like it has jaundice. Ugh. Terrible car.

  4. Definitely a MK2, but not a cooper. A cooper would have:
    -Special badges on the hood.
    -No fender flares.
    -Stock Mini hubcaps.
    -No roll cage.

    Most of these things could be removed or changed, but a stock Cooper S is worth enough that it wouldn't be economical to do so.

    1. It should have tipped me off that the "Austin Cooper S" badging on the rear is off-center, mounted too far to the right side. Thanks for the information.

  5. Crazy. The car is still there. Seen it about a month ago. Although the rear boot lip has been smashed in by someone parking too close in their regular size car. Ugh.