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Mini Cooper MkI 998 1964 to 1967

The original hot Mini for racing and rallying. Built from 1964 to 1967.

The original standard tyre was a 520-10 crossply. A suitable radial replacement would be a 145R10, which became the standard factory fit around 1965 .

In the pantheon of great collaborations, BMC and John Cooper must surely rank as one of the best when they teamed up to create the Mini Cooper, the fore-runner to the hot hatches that would prove so popular more than a decade later.

The Mini Cooper arrived in Austin and Morris forms in September 1961, with front disc brakes and a 997cc 55bhp engine featuring twin SU carburettors. By January 1964 the 997cc engine had been swapped for a shorter-stroke 998cc engine still rated at 55bhp.

Until October 1964 the Mini Cooper was fitted with rubber cone suspension, but from this date there was a move to a Hydrolastic system. The cars still looked the same but in September 1967 the Mini Cooper MkII arrived with a redesigned grille and surround, a bigger rear window and larger tail light clusters. An all-synchro gearbox was fitted from October 1968 then in November 1969 the Mini Cooper was replaced by the Mini 1275GT.

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