We are pleased to offer for sale a rare opportunity to acquire an original Downton Mini Cooper S in concours condition. This car represents an exceptional investment opportunity to acquire one of the finest examples of an original Downton available today and thought to be one of the only examples currently for sale.
Upon arrival here at Aston Workshop, this Mini has been meticulously scrutinised and (where necessary) re-built to the same exacting standards as our award winning Aston Martins to ensure we can offer this exceptional piece of motoring history in pristine condition.
Completed on 30th April 1964, the car offered here is the 14th Morris Mini Cooper 1,275cc 'S' built, sold new to Wessex Motors in Salisbury, Wiltshire. This superb Mini was modified almost immediately by Downton Engineering and continually developed for increased performance.
In 1979, the original keepers sold the car to a resident of the Isle of Man. It was used for club events (amateur road rallies and sprints, etc.) and also used regularly as one of the owner's 'fleet' of vehicles. The car was partly rebuilt in 1980 and used again for a number of years in sprints/ hill climbs in Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.
In 2000, it was offered for sale by Fred Heany, who had known the owner and had worked on the car at Downton in England and Thomson Reid in Belfast. The Mini was brought back to England in March 2002 to be stripped down and entirely rebuilt. The restoration was carried out using as many of the original parts as possible together with genuine replacement parts as necessary.
This work took four years to complete, and the restoration aimed to keep the Mini in a 'fast road', usable state. The car was repainted Old English white and black, using the original cellulose system. The interior was completely re-trimmed in red and grey/gold. Noteworthy period fitted features include works-type aluminium doors, bonnet and heated windscreen, together with a Downton rally dashboard. The wheels were then refurbished and new tyres fitted.
The Downton tuned and blueprinted engine has been re-bored to 1293cc and completely rebuilt with new parts as necessary with 1 1/2in. SU carburettors fitted. The original UK registration has been retrieved.
Additional documentation consists of a certified Heritage copy of the original factory production record sheet together with a Heritage trace certificate. Sundry restoration invoices, including original Downton invoices from 1964, a current MoT, and V5C Registration Certificate are also included in its record file.
This stunning Mini is offered as a superbly restored, "no expense spared" Cooper S, in a condition as near as possible to that of the car when it was first modified by the renowned tuning company, Downton Engineering of Salisbury, after leaving the production line in 1964.
This 'fast road' icon of the '60s is ready to be driven and enjoyed by generations to come.