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.

5 comments:

  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.

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  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.

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

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  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.

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    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.

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