There’s just no stopping the Mini Cooper S
With values of many classics easing off, very clear trend-buckers are original Sixties Mini Coopers Ss. Those for the more numerous 1275s have maybe stalled a bit, but that has happened with prices anywhere you like in the thirty thousands, which is a chunk of money for any diminutive Mini. But they are being overtaken by the 1071 and 970 rarities, the best of which now regularly top £40k. In fact a really nice one was recently sold by Silverstone Auctions for a shade under £50,000. Even projects are expensive – you’ll struggle to find anything genuine that’s worth pointing a welder at for less than £12,500 these days.
At the current rate of growth, alongside the easing in other areas of the market, it may not be long before a Cooper S is worth more than a steel Ferrari 308. As someone old enough to remember the days when Coopers were little more than fun bangers, that seems crazy. But that’s the joy of the classic market.