1965 mini Monte Carlo - 321

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MORRIS MINI-COOPER

MONTE CARLO RALLY

1965

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There are four Monte Carlo Rally Minis, but only three model numbers.

  •  1964 No.317 RN37, Spotlight on the roof, No jewelled spotlights

  •  1965 No.321 RN52, Plain roof, Three jewelled spotlights

  •  1966 No.321 RN2 Autographs on the roof, Two jewelled spotlights

  •  1967 No.339 RN177 Roof rack with spare wheels, Four jewelled spotlights

This is the one from 1965, released in February to get maximum publicity from the great performance of the brilliant Minis in the rally. All these Minis are both very popular and very hard to find, which drives up the price significantly. There are no variations to the car within each year, but if you are lucky enough to find a boxed example it will either be in a pictorial box which is correct for the car or a box for the previous year's Monte Carlo Mini with an over-sticker. With the 1965 car the over-sticker box gets a premium, with the 1966 car it is the other way around.

I've been contacted via the website by one of the BMC engineers of the time who is now retired and living in South Africa and who remembers these cars being left to rot behind his workshop, here is a quote from his email:

"During my career I have worked with Sir Alec Issigonis and had Colin Chapman after me to join him; alas I turned Colin down twice and never worked with him which think now was a shame. I found a Lotus Eleven here in South Africa I finally got hold of it and took four and a half year rebuilding it. What a lovely car it is to drive. While with Sir Alex trying to design and built the replacement Mini, code name 9X, it was very enjoyable time in my career indeed but I knew BL would not last to long so I joined GKN. We had all the Red Monte Carlo Minis, 1800ís and the odd Healey around the back of our work shop for years just gathering dust and I would guess plenty of rust too. Now they are all in Gaydon Museum."


 
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