This project is an early factory built 1275 cc model with the ‘dry’ suspension system. Assembled on the 17th June 1964 the car is an original RHD model supplied to BMC stockholders, Colmore Depot in Birmingham, England. The car was purchased on the 20th June 1964, by Baldyne Engineering services based in Kent. Baldyne were then a newly established motor machining company and set about modifications to prepare the car for saloon car racing purposes. The car was registered on the 30th June 1964 by Canterbury city office and the registration 9864 KR was allocated.
Several events were entered in the latter part of the 1964 racing season and the car was also used for daily transport, being driven to and from various circuits in the south of England and achieving some minor results.
9864 KR was then further developed for the 1965 calendar of events and a degree of success helped establish Baldyne Engineering amongst the motor racing fraternity. For the following 1966 season 9864KR was further modified to full group “two specification” and a number of events were entered (some history and photographs are available).
By this time Baldyne had established contracts with Lotus/BRM and the other Ford backed interests resulting in the BMC concerns being overshadowed. 9864 KR was subsequently sold off and was obtained by SPU (Sports Cars Unlimited) based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Joining a number of other well know ex-British racing Mini Coopers 9864 KR was further evolved and competed until 1971 when the car was ‘mothballed’ and luckily missing the Mod-sports period where many European sports and saloon cars were heavily and wildly modified spoiling the integrity of the original vehicles. After a period of eighteen years in storage 9864 KR was re-commissioned and competed in the 1988 and 1989 vintage sports and saloon car racing series which was run in Canada and the USA.
9864 KR was then sold and repatriated to the UK in 2000. After another period of lengthy storage a complete and detailed restoration was undertaken to a specification by where 9864 KR would be road legal but suitable for track day, Sprint and Hill-climb events. A complete break down was undertaken and areas of corrosion and damage were repaired from a bare metal base. Special attention was paid to alignment and panel fit with all work performed on a specialist jigs. The sub-frames and suspension have been fully rebuilt and feature genuine BMC Special tuning components. The wiring loom is installed and all fuel lines, uprated fuel pump and fuel tanks are installed and plumbed in. The braking system is also installed and the fluid bled and the brakes ready for use. As can be seen in the photographs all other important fittings and fixtures are in place and the body shell is completed as shown (all parts included). A detailed photographic record is available of the restoration and build which should not be confused with the usual ‘home’ restoration standards. All work has been undertaken by professional specialists and is detailed accordingly with a catalogue of receipts and invoices. A technical specification sheet is available to confirm the sum of special components and modifications featured on 9864 KR. Now for sale due to a change of direction 9864 KR is offered as a rolling shell (as shown in the photographs) an engine and transmission would be required along with some wiring. A host of engine components are available by separate enquiry and negotiation that may be suitable for specific requirements and applications.
9864 KR is the 176th Mini Cooper S 1275 built and is confirmed by a BMIHT certificate. Also included are all relevant documents, customs and shipping papers. The DVLA package is included to register 9864 KR under its original UK identity. To instigate the process an MOT certificate is required after completion and VOSA inspection to confirm corresponding numbers. We have also contacted Baldyne Engineering and they are happy to carry out a full power unit commission and rebuild that can be discussed with them directly or I can personally assist you in managing the completion with my various contacts who are well versed in the restoration process.
As well known the early 1275 cc ‘dry suspension‘ cars are considered the Holy Grail of all cooper s models so please no time wasters, chancers or persons seeking photographs or advise on other issues. A degree of confidentiality employed.
I have now reduced the price which makes this incredible value and this year is the 60th anniversary year of the Mini which will make this car only appreciate in the future. A fantastic opportunity to own something very special which can be finished to your exact specification.
The last of the Mini Cooper 1275 ?S?, the MK3 is one of the rarest versions. This dream machine is finished in iconic red, with black interior. The car has been recently refurbished with new sills.....