Here’s an interesting one. Well, when we say interesting, perhaps it’s more a case of scary. Whatever your opinions on the ‘Twini’ prototypes, it’s good to know that there are dedicated Mini enthusiasts out there who have recreated these fascinating might-have-beens. Even better to know that there’s one for sale on eBay… and it could be yours for a cool £25,000.
According to the sale description, two Twini Coopers were built with competition in mind – one by John Cooper Garages, and the other by BMC and Downton Engineering. The BMC car enjoyed the briefest of competition histories. It was entered into the 1963 Targa Florio, but failed to perform as expected due to the rear engine overheating. In the end events overtook this car, as BMC Competitions got to grips with making the standard front engined car go well – and three Monte Carlo victories were the result.
The car for sale was first registered on 12 July 1965, and is an Austin Mini Cooper S Mk 1 1275cc, painted Almond Green with Old English White roof. It is fitted with optional equipment consisting of fresh air heater, oil cooler and sump guard. Two genuine 1275 Mini Cooper S engines were fitted during the 2000-hour build. It’s possible to drive the car on both – or either – engines, and has been fully sorted to run in traffic.
This car has been recently completed and was featured in the May 2011 edition of MiniWorld magazine. Most impressively, it scored a 14.7 seconds/93mph standing quarter at Avon Park. That’s quick in today’s terms… and that makes this one scary Mini.