This calendar year marks the 60th anniversary of MINI’s partnership with motorsport ace John Cooper, and this new constrained edition MINI John Cooper Operates Anniversary Edition has been designed to mark the situation.
In 1961, John Cooper – a veteran of Formula 1, with a constructors title to his identify – determined that the light-weight, cleverly packaged authentic Mini would type the best basis for a functionality design, and established about developing a extra effective Mini, christened the ‘Cooper’.
The even extra sporting Cooper S model adopted, a formidable rallying device that won the Monte Carlo rally in 1964, 1965 and 1967. The John Cooper identify has been synonymous with substantial-functionality Minis at any time considering the fact that, with the JCW moniker marking the pinnacle of sequence output Minis to this working day.
In tribute to the partnership, MINI is developing just 740 JCW Anniversary Edition cars, each individual showcasing a Rebel Environmentally friendly colour plan with bespoke nostalgic facts.
The Anniversary Edition is mechanically unchanged from the conventional JCW, so comes equipped with a two.-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This sends 227bhp to the front wheels by possibly a manual or computerized gearbox, propelling the car from -62mph in 6.3 seconds.
Aesthetically, the Anniversary Edition is completed in Rebel Environmentally friendly with a contrasting white roof, bonnet stripes, headlight rings and door handles. There are also flashes of red detailing, with red pinstripes on the bonnet decals, red brake callipers and a traditional Cooper Enterprise badge on the aspect scuttles.
The car also features the selection 74 on the doors and bonnet, having to pay homage to the starting selection of a traditional Mini Cooper that won its initially race at the Snetterton Lombank Trophy.
Within, there are extra traditional Cooper Enterprise badges on the sill plates and steering wheel, with the relaxation of the interior trimmed in Dinamica upholstery and piano black trim. The dashboard has also been supplied a special contact, with signatures from John Cooper, his son John Cooper and grandson Charlie Cooper.
As a nod to the Mini’s motorsport initiatives, a door body emblem with John Cooper’s signature, a handwritten ‘1 of 740’ script and the terms “THE Unforeseen UNDERDOG” has also been additional.
The Anniversary Edition comes fitted with MINI’s Navigation Additionally Pack (showcasing an 8.nine-inch touchscreen with navigation) and Comfort and ease Additionally Pack as conventional, and is only obtainable in a few-door guise. Price ranges start at £33,800 for the manual design, mounting to £35,500 for the computerized. The JCW Anniversary Edition is obtainable to buy now, with just sixty of the 740 cars destined for the Uk.
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