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Motor Car - British Motor Corporation (BMC), Morris Mini Cooper, Australia, 1964 Object Reg. No: ST 035161

The Museum's car is a 1964 Morris Mini Cooper built in Australia by British Motor Corporation (Australia) Pty Ltd (B.M.C.) with a 998 cc engine. Vehicle type is YKA2S1, car number 3492, with engine number 9F A/SA/L 1659.

The original owner sold the car to Daniel Carroll in Melbourne in 1966 who retained it until 1984 when it was purchased by the Museum. It had been repainted in red and white colours by Mr Carroll and shows 40,000 miles on the odometer. The Victorian registration plate IHG-530 that is curently fitted to the car is not the one issued with the vehicle, which was JDH-180.
Inside boot of car there is a battery and spare tyre.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1350 mm (Height), 1410 mm (Width), 3150 mm (Length)
Weight: 635 kg (Weight)

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Tagged with: motor cars, vma, vma2, thass1, 4207, austube, innovation design, brochures
Themes this item is part of: Morris (BMC) Mini, Engineering Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: ROAD TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Motor Vehicles
Tertiary Classification: motor cars
Inscriptions: Motor vehicle manufacturers identification plate mounted on driver's side of engine bay firewall behind the engine reads:
CAR NO. [ 3492 ]
ENGINE NO. [ 9F A /SA/L 1659 ]
Model Name/Number: Mini Cooper
Manufacturer: British Motor Corporation (Australia) Pty Ltd (BMC), Australia, 1964
Designer: Sir Alec Issigonis, England, Great Britain, 1956-1959
Designer: Mr Alex Moulton, England, Great Britain, 1956-1959
Past Owner: Daniel Carroll, Victoria, Australia, 1966-1984


Tristan Stowards Posted on 10 Jan 2011 10:28 PM
A clarification; the red and white combination, while used by BMC Competition department, was never offered on new minis by BMC.
Lucas J. Whiffin Posted on 05 Feb 2011 10:40 PM
Re: Tristan's comment. I have been told the same thing before, but I have seen Mini Coopers in these colors. (I actually own a '62 Cooper with two tone paint which is factory.) It would be very easy to clarify as the color combos are actually stated on the build plate of the car. Regards, Luke
kyle Posted on 22 Dec 2011 11:46 AM
I had one of these & was told that the cooper engine was 997, not 998 like the mini delux
Stephen Posted on 09 Apr 2012 10:35 PM
With this car being an Australian-built Morris Cooper, Tartan Red & Nurburg White was indeed available from the factory from early 1964 production. Not so in the UK built Mini Coopers until much later. Both 997cc & 998 cc Morris Coopers were produced here in Oz. The 997 is rare, the 998 versions even rarer. This particular car is a 998 version going by the detail mentioned.
Steve Posted on 17 May 2012 10:52 PM
I recently bought a numbers matching Morris Cooper, Australian production. The plate lists the colours as Tartan red/Nurburg white. I was told the original lady owner bought it in early 1964 and that the car was built in 1963. She owned it until 2002. I've been told it's a 998 while others say it's a 997. The engine prefix is 9FSAL.... I've seen English publications that state this means it's a 997 however some Australian documents state this engine prefix was used for both 997 and 998.
The point of this is that the red/white colour combination of the Museum car, assuming it's original, is correct.
Warrick Atwood Posted on 10 Aug 2012 1:32 PM
This colour combination was offered by the factory. The colours on our car are Jet red body and Artic White roof. I have my dad's 1971 MkII Morris Cooper S which was bought off the showroom floor from Dent's in Keilor Rd, Nth Essendon. Our car, interestingly, has coverless 850 ashtrays, such was the quality control back then.
lee mccourt Posted on 25 Jun 2013 10:28 PM
i have just purchased a barn dry stored cooper s shell complete with what appears to be a australian ID but 1071 engine number?

i was told it was a spare shell for the bathurst race team??
Frank Hines Posted on 08 Jul 2013 8:50 PM
Agree on Red/White for Australian production - was factory issue. Re Lee McCourt's comment - the engine prefix should possibly be a 'Y'? The number (suffix) certainly falls in line with the Australian Mk1 car number. If a 1071, their run of (suffix) numbers fell within 33600 - 33900 if positive crankcase vented. Check gearbox if there for a 190 casting - these accompanied 1071's.
michael keain Posted on 03 Oct 2013 4:56 PM
i bought a new cooper in 1964 sunset red with a white top it was the short stroke 998 it was the spare car for lancaster motors parramatta bathurst the eng no was 9ysah1054 all the 997 had a large rear number plate holder the 998 had a smaller plate holder
David Doubtfire Posted on 25 May 2014 6:48 PM
I have just purchased a Mini Cooper 998 1964 with matching engine and chassis numbers that are just 5 off your car. Makes it even more special to me.
garry Posted on 01 Aug 2015 11:02 AM
i have a original 1964 mini with plastic covers on back seats and org number plate why wouldnt the museum have 1 of these instead of restoring and changing no plates etc

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