NEWTON’S COOPER S
Founder’s Mini put up for sale
An iconic Mini Cooper S used by Newton Commercial for prototype products, catalogues, fitting instructions and website photos is being offered for sale. The founder of the Suffolk-based trim company, Richard Newton, purchased this car in 1979 and had it rebuilt into a brand new bodyshell in 1983.
Mechanically, this car is original save for a conversion to dry suspension, with the engine rebuilt and fully balanced in 1982. The car was also recently repainted in the colours of the German Wooding Hamburg racing team that Richard managed in the early 1970s. The interior trim is obviously of Newton Commercial design, with replica reclining front seats.
The car was well known on the show calendar in Newton Commercial’s early years, but in Richard’s words it now “needs driving and using.” He hopes the car will be sold to an enthusiast who will appreciate its importance. It’s priced at £19,995, and Newton Commercial can be reached on 01728 832810.
Richard’s cool Cooper S.