1986 Austin Mini John Cooper Prototype for £34,950

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John Cooper Prototype
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Targa Red
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Used Austin Mini Classic John Cooper Prototype
The team at Monument Garage are excited to offer for sale this one off, unique ultra low mileage 1986 Austin Mini 1275 John Cooper Prototype. It is in truly outstanding condition throughout and has only travelled just over 2800 MILES from new. This car needs to be seen in the flesh to see how good it really is. It comes with a comprehensive history file and even a certificate of authenticity, This is an opportunity to buy a piece of British motoring history and is an ideal collectors piece. From its peak in 1971, Mini production had dwindled to just under 35000 units per year by the end of 1985. The only market where there appeared to still be growth was Japan. With this in mind, the President of Austin Rover Japan approached John Cooper in early 1986 and asked if it was possible to put an MG Metro engine into a standard 998cc Mini to produce a Sports Version. An MG Metro-Engined Mini was soon on its way to Japan for evaluation. That car was registered as: C734 SWV.The management at Rover Japan showed great enthusiasm for the idea but a request for a limited production of 1000 units was turned down by Austin Rover’s CEO, Harold Musgrove, who was planning to end Mini production altogether in March 1987. John Cooper however, had already been approached by other Japanese interests to produce conversion kits for 998cc Mini models and this, coupled with a change in management at Austin Rover in late 1986, proved to be the turning point. C734 SWV once again came back into its