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1961-1969 MINI Cooper 997/998 specifications

1961-1969 MINI Cooper 997/998 specifications Classic and Performance Car

Mini creator Alec Issigonis was against the idea of a performance Mini. Fortunately, his wishes didn’t prevail, and a legend was born in the form of the 1961 Mini-Cooper, as tweaked by F1 guru John Cooper. The first cars used a 997cc twin-carb A-series; this was changed for a 998cc unit from 1964. Front disc brakes were standard and Coopers stood out by their two-tone paint schemes and special grilles. Speeds of around 90mph may not have been all-out fast, but it was the Cooper’s handling brilliance that turned it into such a potent rally tool.

Production

  • Production:
    64,224
  • Price at launch:
    £679
  • Price (excellent)
    £7,500
  • Price (good):
    £6,000
  • Price (average):
    £3,000
  • Price (project):
    £1,250

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    17.2secs
  • Top speed:
    85.0mph
  • Power:
    55.0bhp
  • Torque:
    54.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    34.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, rubber spring and damper units
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, rubber spring and damper units
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    3048mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2038mm
  • Width:
    1397mm
  • Height:
    1346mm
  • Weight:
    584kgs

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