There’s just no stop­ping the Mini Cooper S

Classic Cars (UK) - - Chasing Cars -

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.

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