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Mini 1275 S engine compartment of winner Tulip Rally –
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A superb and rare photo, made from what we believe is the original negative, of the engine compartment of the works Mini Cooper 1275 S with which Timo Makinen won the heavy April 1964 edition of the Tulip Rally! The photograph shows great detail of the engine compartment, the text “MORRIS” on the engine is also clearly visible on the photo.


The Mini is a small car that was produced by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) and its successors from 1959 until 2000. The most popular British-made car ever, it was superseded by the new MINI, which was launched in April 2001. The original is considered an icon of the 1960s, and its space-saving front-wheel-drive layout (that allowed 80% of the area of the car's floorpan to be used for passengers and luggage) influenced a generation of car-makers. The vehicle is in some ways considered the British equivalent to its German contemporary, the Volkswagen Beetle, which enjoyed similar popularity in North America. This distinctive two-door car was designed for BMC by Sir Alec Issigonis. It was manufactured at the Longbridge and Cowley plants in the United Kingdom, the Victoria Park / Zetland British Motor Corporation (Australia) factory in Sydney, Australia, and later also in Spain (Authi), Belgium, Chile, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, Uruguay, Venezuela and Yugoslavia. The Mini Mark I had three major UK updates: the Mark II, the Clubman and the Mark III. Within these was a series of variations including an estate car, a pickup truck, a van and the Mini Moke — a jeep-like buggy. The Mini Cooper and Cooper "S" were sportier versions that were successful as rally cars, winning the Monte Carlo Rally three times. Minis were marketed under the Austin and Morris names until Mini became a marque in its own right in 1969.


On the photograph that the winner of this auction will receive, we see the Mark I Mini: 1959-67. The production version of the Mini was demonstrated to the press in April 1959, and by August several thousand cars had been produced ready for the first sales. The name Mini did not appear by itself immediately — the first models being marketed under two of BMC's brand names, Austin and Morris. The name Austin Seven (sometimes written as SE7EN in early publicity material) recalled the popular small Austin 7 of the 1920s and 1930s. The other name used till 1967 in the United Kingdom (and in Commonwealth countries such as Australia), Morris Mini-Minor, seems to have been a play on words. The Morris Minor was a well known and successful car, with the word minor being Latin for "smaller"; so an abbreviation of the Latin word for "smallest" — minimus — was used for the new even smaller car. It was originally going to be called the Austin Newmarket. Until 1962, the cars appeared as the Austin 850 and Morris 850 in North America and France, and in Denmark as the Austin Partner (until 1964) and Morris Mascot (until 1981). The name Mini was first used domestically by BMC for Austin's version in 1961, when the Austin Seven was rebranded as the Austin Mini, somewhat to the surprise of the Sharps Commercials car company (later known as Bond Cars Ltd) who had been using the name Minicar for their three-wheeled vehicles since 1949. However, legal action was somehow averted, and BMC used the name Mini for the remainder of the car's life. In 1964, the suspension of the cars was replaced by another Moulton design, the hydrolastic system. The new suspension gave a softer ride but it also increased weight and production cost and, in the minds of many enthusiasts, spoiled the handling characteristics, for which the Mini was so famous. In 1971, the original rubber suspension reappeared and was retained for the remaining life of the Mini. From October 1965 the option of an Automotive Products (AP) designed four-speed automatic transmission became available. Slow at the outset, Mark I sales strengthened across most of the model lines in the 1960s, and production totalled 1,190,000. Sold at below cost, the basic Mini never made money for its makers. This may have been necessary in order to compete with its rivals, but it is rumoured that it was due to an accounting error. Some profits came from the popular deluxe models and from optional accessories, such as seat belts, door mirrors and a radio, which would be considered necessities on modern cars. The Mini etched its place into popular culture in the 1960s with well-publicised purchases by film and music stars.


From 1967 to 1970, Issigonis had been designing a replacement for the Mini in the form of an experimental model called the 9X. It was shorter and more powerful than the Mini, but due to politicking inside British Leyland (which had now been formed by the merger of BMC's parent company British Motor Holdings and the Leyland Motor Corporation), the car did not reach production. It was an intriguing "might-have-been"; the car was technologically advanced, and many believe it would have been competitive up until the 1980s. The Mark II Mini featured a redesigned front grille which remained with the car from that point on. Also, a larger rear window and numerous cosmetic changes were introduced. 429,000 Mark II Minis were made.


Timo Mäkinen was born in Helsinki, Finland. He was one of the original "Flying Finns" of motor rallying. He is most famous for his hat-trick of wins in the RAC Rally, at the wheel of a Ford Escort, preceded only by Erik Carlsson (Saab 96) in that feat. His start in international rallying came in the 1959 1000 Lakes, in a Triumph TR3. He later drove works Austin-Healeys and Minis. In the big Healey, he finished 5th in the RAC Rally in 1963, drove Minis during most of 1964 but came second in the RAC Rally, in a Healey, at the end of that year. He returned to the Mini Cooper S in 1965, winning the Monte Carlo Rally and the 1000 Lakes. He came 2nd in the 1965 RAC Rally, again in a Healey. He was later to dominate that event, with the Ford Escort RS (1973-1975). In 1967 Timo Mäkinen became a true rally legend when pictures emerged of the Finn driving his Mini at a furious speed through Ouninpohja with the car's bonnet open. Leather straps holding the bonnet were not thoroughly tightened, and they opened after a few rough bounces. He tried to put his head out of the side window but his his helmet was too big and he could only stick his head halfway out. So he had to skid the car sideways continuously to see the road ahead. Even so Mäkinen was third fastest on that special stage and he also won the rally overall. In 1994, Mäkinen made a brief return as Mini celebrated the 30th anniversary of their 1964 Monte Carlo win by Paddy Hopkirk, who also participated in the race. Mäkinen retired on the second stage with a fuel system problem.

Timo Mäkinen's international rally wins were:

* 1964 Tulip Rally (Mini Cooper S)

* 1965 Monte Carlo Rally (Mini Cooper S)

* 1965 1000 Lakes (Mini Cooper S)

* 1966 1000 Lakes (Mini Cooper S)

* 1966 Three Cities Rally (Mini Cooper S)

* 1967 1000 Lakes (Mini Cooper S)

* 1972 Hong Kong Rally (Ford Escort RS)

* 1973 Arctic Rally (Ford Escort RS)

* 1973 1000 Lakes (Ford Escort RS)

* 1973 RAC Rally (Ford Escort RS)

* 1974 RAC Rally (Ford Escort RS)

* 1974 Ivory Coast Rally (Ford Escort RS)

* 1975 RAC Rally (Ford Escort RS)

* 1976 Ivory Coast Rally (Peugeot 504 V6)

Timo won the Finnish Rally Championship three times, Ice Track Championship six times and Saloon Car Race Championship three times. He also won the 1969 Round Britain offshore powerboat race.


This is a very nice and very rare photo that reflects a wonderful era of Mini ‘s, Mäkinen ’s, and the Tulip Rally ‘s automotive history in a wonderful way.  This is your rare chance to own this photo, therefore it is printed in a nice large format of ca. 7" x 8" (ca. 17.5 x  20 cm).  It makes it perfectly suitable for framing.


PLEASE NOTE: This is not a digital print (!), but a traditional photograph, which is processed through the traditional photographic process by a professional photo studio. Every negative is fully processed by hand, obtaining the best result possible. As most negatives are very old, several traditional photographic prints of each negative are made.  Each has different settings (like varying brightness and contrast). Out of these, the best of the photographic prints is then selected, and shipped to the winner of this auction. This way the best result possible is obtained, and each photograph is absolutely unique and collectable! It is not realistic however to expect a modern quality digital enhanced digital print, as the negative was made in the 1960s with a camera and film from that era as well.


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