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Message 1347851 - Posted: 17 Mar 2013, 19:50:46 UTC

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Message 1347852 - Posted: 17 Mar 2013, 19:51:00 UTC

That's a pretty impressive line up in 1970 Bernie :-)

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Oh yes, and wandering down Carnaby Street in Soho, and the Kings Road in Chelsea, yep I was there ...

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Message 1347853 - Posted: 17 Mar 2013, 19:51:49 UTC - in response to Message 1347846.

Well at least Alice is around, of course how many people today even know of the other Cooper, that is Gary Cooper?

Not me for one, had to look him up.
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Message 1347867 - Posted: 17 Mar 2013, 20:10:37 UTC

Apart from our famous Boxer, our 'enery, whom I met at a dinner, there is another well known Cooper, that is John Cooper

He famously had a twin 1300cc engined Cooper Mini, that he nearly died in when he Crashed it on the Kingston bypass in 1965. Just 2 miles from where I now live.

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Message 1347877 - Posted: 17 Mar 2013, 20:21:36 UTC

That little boosted A series engine was a gem for the car it pulled, the classic Mini.. No wonder the Mini won the Le Man 24, but I cannot remember when (during the mid to later 1960s I presume?).



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Message 1347880 - Posted: 17 Mar 2013, 20:23:29 UTC - in response to Message 1347877.

That's quite a little car, not much smaller than My Escort, but then I saw one in the area recently.


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Message 1347897 - Posted: 17 Mar 2013, 21:30:07 UTC

No, that's a REAL mini - only 10ft long, weighing in at about .75ton. You probably saw one of the BMW "pretend" minis, which is a much bigger car (something like 12ft long, and weighing in at about 1.25ton).
The last real mini I drove had over 150bhp (at the tyres) - as you can imagine it was "quite rapid", especially on narrow twisty lanes, where third gear, full right boot and hold tight was the order of the day...


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Message 1347903 - Posted: 17 Mar 2013, 21:43:36 UTC

Last Mini I drove was one of these

Mini 1275 GT



1275 engine in a mini body. Very fast!!


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Message 1347906 - Posted: 17 Mar 2013, 21:46:22 UTC

The grille shows it is a Mini 1000 body. The Cooper enthusiasts will say that the 1097cc and 1098cc engined ones were the REAL Coopers.

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Message 1347907 - Posted: 17 Mar 2013, 21:46:55 UTC - in response to Message 1347897.

No, that's a REAL mini - only 10ft long, weighing in at about .75ton. You probably saw one of the BMW "pretend" minis, which is a much bigger car (something like 12ft long, and weighing in at about 1.25ton).
The last real mini I drove had over 150bhp (at the tyres) - as you can imagine it was "quite rapid", especially on narrow twisty lanes, where third gear, full right boot and hold tight was the order of the day...

Yep, floor it and hold on, roger wilco, over and out.
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Message 1347909 - Posted: 17 Mar 2013, 21:53:19 UTC

Bernie's picture is of a 1275GT, single carb, about 70BHP. Quick, but not fast, but did have better brakes than the earlier Cooper S, which had a similar engine, twin carbs and a bit more power (but worse brakes...)
I don't have any pics of the one I drove, but it was a "proper" mini shape (the "curvy" front end as in John's picture) rather than the "clubman" of Bernie's photo. It was named "Spirit of 'S'" - the owner believed that is what would have happened to the car if development had continued for another few years, but he got carried away somewhat in the process - I doubt that the radiator would have ended up in the boot...


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Message 1347926 - Posted: 18 Mar 2013, 0:07:59 UTC - in response to Message 1347909.

... It was named "Spirit of 'S'" ...

I believe I once heard about that car. Sammy the Snail used to drive it and painted a big "S" on the side. One day he took the car to France and was driving really fast down one of those long, straight avenues, when he passed a couple of gendarmes. One turned to the other and said: "Wow, did you see that S-car go?"

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Message 1347943 - Posted: 18 Mar 2013, 1:32:18 UTC - in response to Message 1347926.

... It was named "Spirit of 'S'" ...

I believe I once heard about that car. Sammy the Snail used to drive it and painted a big "S" on the side. One day he took the car to France and was driving really fast down one of those long, straight avenues, when he passed a couple of gendarmes. One turned to the other and said: "Wow, did you see that S-car go?"

CRAAASSSHHH!!! smack into the puns thread.

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Message 1347947 - Posted: 18 Mar 2013, 1:36:36 UTC - in response to Message 1347943.
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... It was named "Spirit of 'S'" ...

I believe I once heard about that car. Sammy the Snail used to drive it and painted a big "S" on the side. One day he took the car to France and was driving really fast down one of those long, straight avenues, when he passed a couple of gendarmes. One turned to the other and said: "Wow, did you see that S-car go?"

CRAAASSSHHH!!! smack into the puns thread.

And it's a French pun at that... ROFLMAO...
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Message 1347949 - Posted: 18 Mar 2013, 1:44:09 UTC
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I remember a friend, when I was oh, so young, who bought a Morris Minor (the 1098cc version). He threw away the "A" seried engine, modified the bulkhead, moved the radiator out 18" in front of the grill and shoehorned in a Ford Zephyr 2.5 litre six cylinder engine in. The machine went like stink on the straights but was crap on corners.

Morris Minor ...

The six cylinder engine came from one of these ...


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Message 1348052 - Posted: 18 Mar 2013, 13:01:49 UTC

The real Minors are the original 948cc sidevalve split screen ones. Much like the original Beetles with their split rear ones. They are the ones worth money. I passed my test first time in a Morris 1000 in 1963 in South London. AND the test centre is STILL there. I'll try and get a picture.



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Message 1348108 - Posted: 18 Mar 2013, 15:31:18 UTC - in response to Message 1348052.
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Real Minors have semaphore turn signals.

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Message 1348122 - Posted: 18 Mar 2013, 16:17:38 UTC - in response to Message 1348108.

Real Minors have semaphore turn signals.

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My parents claimed to have had a VW with those. I don't know, it was before I was born. The earliest car I remember is a blue 1963 Corvair. When it broke an axle, they traded it for a 1971 Vega, even though it overheated on the test drive.

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Message 1348126 - Posted: 18 Mar 2013, 16:26:56 UTC
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When I passed my test in 1963, my first car was s 1938 Morris 8 Series II. And yes that did have Trafficators. But quite often you had to thump the side of the car to trigger the coils to work! Much like the SU electric petrol pump! :-). I'll try and find a picture.

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Message 1348128 - Posted: 18 Mar 2013, 16:31:34 UTC - in response to Message 1348122.

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