The classic Mini Cooper S wearing the number 37 claimed the first of three overall victories in 1964, at the legendary Monte Carlo Rally. A 30-year-old Northern Irish rally driver, Patrick ‘Paddy’ Hopkirk, was behind the wheel at the time.
In his honour, MINI now presents an edition model with exclusive design and equipment features to mark one of the most spectacular achievements in the history of international motor racing.
The MINI Paddy Hopkirk Version will be available from October 2020 in selected automotive markets as the MINI Cooper S 3-door, the MINI Cooper S 5 door and the MINI John Cooper Works.
Like the famous starting number and the powerful engine, the body finish in Chili Red and the white roof of the edition model are inspired by the historical model.
The edition model combines its exterior paintwork in the style of the historic rally winner in a market-specific manner with 17-inch John Cooper Works light-alloy wheels in Track Spoke Black design or 18-inch John Cooper Works light-alloy forged wheels in Cross Spoke Jet Black matt design and numerous other accentuations in dark colours. The frame and horizontal brace of the radiator grille are finished in high-gloss black, as are the inserts for the lower air intakes, the opening in the bonnet, the door handles, the fuel filler flap, the tailgate handle, the MINI logos at the front and rear as well as the surrounds for the headlights and rear lights.
The start number 37 also appears on the side indicator elements known as side scuttles. Other unmistakable features on the exterior are the LED headlights and the rear lights in Union Jack design, stickers with the inscription “Paddy Hopkirk Monte Carlo” and a single white bonnet stripe on the driver’s side, which like the tailgate of the edition model bears the signature of the 1964 “Monte” winner. In addition, the famous number and letter combination 33 EJB of the number plate of the 1964 Monte Carlo winning car is shown on the bonnet strip using 3D effect graphics.
Hopkirk’s signature also appears on the decorative trim strip on the passenger side, which forms part of the Piano Black high-gloss interior surfaces. Another exclusive design feature is the MINI LED entry sills bearing the name “Paddy Hopkirk”. The MINI Excitement Package and Comfort Access are also included in the MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition. A market-specific configuration also includes auxiliary headlights in Piano Black, a key cap with the start number 37 and the Waistline Finisher in Piano Black for the trim strips between the body and the greenhouse.
The power comes from the standard Cooper S engine, a 2.0-litre turbocharged, four-cylinder petrol unit that sends 141 kW and 280 Nm to the front axle.
Additionally, the edition model can be customised to the particular preference of the driver in order to create an entirely unique specimen. Almost all items from the range of optional extras for the MINI 3-door and MINI 5-door are available to optimise driving pleasure, comfort and individual style.