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BMC Austin Cooper S 1275 — 1965

Mini Cooper S for historic racing Pre-65. Very well-built by Johnny Lundberger and Reine Wisell. Undamaged despite having participated in numerous competitions. Now revived and inspected for street use. App-K documentation exists but has expired many years ago since the car has been parked since 2003.

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"An incredibly well-built and meticulously cared for car that, after going through a thorough inspection, can be taken back onto the racing tracks again."

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"An incredibly well-built and meticulously cared for car that, after going through a thorough inspection, can be taken back onto the racing tracks again."


One of the few Cooper S cars that Johnny Lundberger and Reine Wisell built for historic racing FIA App K. They built three for themselves, but Johnny and Reine also built a few on commission. This one was ordered by a private driver who knew Reine Wisell. The renovation and build were based on the well-preserved original 1965 Cooper 1275 S owned by the private driver. The work is exceptionally well executed and cost 300,000 SEK in 1990, whereas a BMW M3 (E30) cost 298,000 SEK in 1989.

The car is highly documented, including photographs from the first owner, purchase documents, and correspondence from BMC Sweden AB signed by the legendary team manager and race driver, Bo Elmgren.

Mechanically, in great condition, as well as the body and paint. It performs equally well at car exhibitions as it does on the racing track. The private driver never crashed or had any accidents, hence the condition remains very good.

The private driver raced intensively with the "hundkoja" (slang term for the Cooper S) until 2003 when he scaled down. Two years later, in 2005, a comprehensive overhaul was performed, including polishing the cylinder head and crankshaft. All bearings and synchromesh in the gearbox were replaced. It received a new ignition coil, clutch, pressure plate, and the suspension was renovated. However, there was no more racing after it was completed, and the car was put away. It was sold in 2019 to the current owner, who carefully brought it back to life, registered it for road use, and got it inspected according to current regulations.

Reine Wisell competed in Formula 1 and Le Mans during the 70s. In Formula 1, he was the second driver behind Emerson Fittipaldi for Lotus. Reine raced the "hundkoja" extensively during his early racing career and also worked as a test driver for BMC Sweden. Johnny Lundberger was a successful and well-known racer in Sweden during the 1960s and 70s, also competing with Broadspeed "hundkojas". He was renowned for his skill as a builder and collector of race cars.

Broadspeed is a well-known British tuning company from the 60s and 70s. They worked on various car models and were famous for their wine-red "hundkojas". Broadspeed posed a significant challenge to BMC factory cars, especially with John Fitzpatrick as the driver.

Included are several folders with documentation and photographs, including those from racing events. There's also detailed photo documentation of the renovation carried out by Johnny and Reine, as well as their own company folder with receipts and notes. Documentation of the current owner's contact with Reine Wisell is also available.

Technical data

  • Year
  • Registration date
  • Mileage
    96503 km 
  • Kw / hp
    57 / 77 
  • Fuel Type
  • Transmission
  • Interior finish
  • Colour


  • Mechanical condition:

    Inspected and serviced/rebuilt in 2005 but never raced after that. It has only seen a few break-in miles on the street since then. If the car is to be raced, one should review the technical aspects to ensure they are up to date. Speedometer is not working.

  • Interior condition:

    Excellent condition, see pictures. Large portions of the original upholstery remain. Full roll cage for racing use.

  • Exterior condition:

    Excellent condition. Painted in the original color Tartan Red with an Old English White roof (as it was on the factory rally cars) instead of the original black roof. The body has only a few minor marks from its racing career.

  • General condition:

    The car is in very good mechanical, body, and paint condition. It performs equally well at car exhibitions as it does on the racing track. The private driver never drove off track or had any collisions, which is why the condition is still very good. An incredibly well-built and meticulously cared-for car that, after going through a thorough inspection, can be taken back onto the racing tracks again or used as a sporty street car. If the car is intended for racing, it requires an assessment to ensure compliance with current regulations.

MOT (tech. insp.)

Fordonsstatus: Itrafik 2023-05-15
Ursprungsbesiktning: 1976-07-16 (regbes) (Ombes:19910723)
Datum i trafik första gången: 1965-01-01
Senast godkända besiktning: 2020-06-03
Besiktningsbefriad: Ja
Skattebefriad: Ja
Körförbud: Nej
Antal ägare: 3

Facts about the model

1965 Austin Cooper 1275 S. Highly documented with features such as first owner's photographs and purchase documents from BMC Sweden AB signed by Bo Elmgren. Built by Johnny Lundberger and Reine Wisell (Johnny and Reine's own receipt folder is included). Renovated by Rådströms Bilplåt AB and painted by Lackoteket AB.

1293 Cooper S block with thin flange. Dyno-tuned at Specialbilsservice, 108hp at 7300rpm.
Balanced Mahle pistons and connecting rods.
Balanced crankshaft (SCF G64C)
Kamaxel RL95 racing camshaft.
Longman Gt15 cylinder head, competition version, with separate valves. Intake valves 37.7mm & Exhaust valves 31mm. Intake port diameter 1.5".
Mocal 13-row oil cooler.
Lucas Sport DLB 105 ignition coil.
Exhaust headers.
Oil catch tank.
Twin H4 SU carburetors, rebuilt by Förgasarteknik Söderköping.
Facet Automotive Electronic Fuel Pump.

Transmission and Differential:
3-sync close-ratio gearbox with straight-cut gears.
Salisbury Limited Slip Differential (LSD).
Hardy Spicer drive shafts.

Finished in Tartan Red. Paintwork is in excellent condition, including the underside, floors, trunk, and inner fenders.
Body has only a few minor marks from racing.
Built with reinforcements including in the sill areas.
Twin racing fuel tanks with foam filling.

Smiths mechanical tachometer (12000 rpm).
Moto-Lita steering wheel.
Instrument panel, rear seat, side panels, headliner, and front seats are well-preserved original Cooper S components.
Driver's seat is Momo (from 2005).
Four-point Willans seatbelts (from 2005).
Full roll cage from Rallyprodukter.

Changes to Body and Interior:
Rear window, side windows, and door windows in 5 mm Makrolon.
Motolita steering wheel.
Negative grounding.
Fire extinguisher system for the engine compartment.

Adjustable rear camber and caster.
Koni 8212 double-adjustable aluminum shock absorbers front and rear (same as used in March 1 F-1 cars).

Set of 165/70 R10 A032R Yokohama Advan-32R tires. From 2019, with approximately 5 miles of use. LM9 ET 32 4.5” x 10” rims.

Original driver's seat.
Floor mats.
Original spare wheel.
4 folders of documentation including photographs.
FIA App K Logbook from 2005. Needs to be updated.

Location and viewing Information

Location: Linköping

For viewing the vehicle, contact the valuator/depot:

Johan Ålander
+46 705-80 91 17

Pick up

Collection must take place before: 2023-09-28.

NOTE! Payment (deposit to our account) must be made within 5 days and before collection.

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