Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Twini Cooper S

An original Mini Cooper S with an engine in the boot isn't as sacrilegious as you might think. In fact, it's quite an important curio from the annals of Mini history.
In 1963, following the success of Alec Issigonis' twin-engined Moke project, BMC decided to develop a couple of Twinis to see how they'd fare in racing and rallying. The simple answer turned out to be: not well. One of the cars was entered into the 1963 Targa Florio, but the rear engine overheated and the car enjoyed no success. Nevertheless, it was an interesting idea and potentially, with further development, could have been a viable prospect.

The car we see here is a replica, and a faithful one. The base car is an original 1965 mkI Mini Cooper S, while both engines are genuine 1275cc Cooper S units with three-synchro gearboxes; they put out about 90bhp each and can be used independently of one another, so you have three options - a 90bhp front-wheel drive Mini, a 90bhp rear-wheel drive Mini, or a 180bhp four-wheel drive Mini.
The car took around 2,000 hours to build and is finished to an incredible, award-winning standard. And now it can be yours, for the relatively bargainous price of £25,000. Just click here.

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