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Mini Model History


LIMITED  EDITIONS
   Minis were offered in many  limited editions that usually included a combination of trim and badging, but some  included mechanical upgrades. It could be argued that the first was the 1963 1071cc Cooper S, as the S stands for Special….but the first ‘limited edition’ was the Mini 1000 LE way back in 1976, there are now very few still in existence….

MINI  1000  LE
    Year: 1976 (January)
    Based on: Mini 1000    Engine: 998 cc
    Exterior colours:        Brooklands Green   With  White Interior
    Exterior trim: Chrome, chrome mirrors
    Decals/badges: Gold coachlines
    Interior: Striped orange MGB-style 'deckchair' seats
    Equipment: Reclining seats, face-level vents, two door mirrors
    Production: 3000    Cost new: £1,406

Anniversary Productions

MINI  1100  SPECIAL
    Year: 1979
    Based on: Mini 1000    Engine: 1098 cc
    Exterior colours:    Metallic Silver (MMB - BLVC202)  OR   Metallic Rose (CMM - BLVC303)
    Exterior trim: Chrome Clubman-style rear bumpers, black-centered grille, vinyl roof
    Decals/badges: Wide shaded side stripes, Mini special A-panel decals, "Special" grill badge, Mini 1100      boot badge
    Interior: Tartan check trim with centre console, 2-spoke sports steering wheel
    Equipment: Exacton 10-inch alloy wheels, 165/70x10 tyres, wheelarch extensions, side      indicators, twin door mirrors, 1275 GT instrumentation, radio, clock and cigarette lighter
    Production: 5,100    Cost new: £3,300
Built to celebrate the Mini's 20th anniversary, the 1100 Special was the only round-nose Mini to be supplied with the 1098 cc engine in the UK. British Leyland increased the original run of 2500 cars with 2600 more due to its popularity.

MINI  25
 1984 (July)
  Based on: Mini Mayfair    Engine: 998 cc
  Exterior colour: Silver Leaf Metallic (MME - BLVC421) Exterior trim: Nimbus Grey
  Decals/badges: Side and rear grey and red stripes with "Mini 25" logos
  Interior: Luxury velvet with red piping, zip pockets fitted to front seats, red seat belts, leather-wrapped     steering wheel
    Equipment: 12-inch wheels, 8.4-inch front disc brakes, full-width wheel trim with arch extensions,   1275GT instrumentation, tinted glass, stereo radio cassette, twin door mirrors
    Production: 3,500 in UK, 1,500 exported    Cost new: £3,865

MINI  30

    1989 (June)
    Based on: Mini Mayfair    Engine: 998 cc
    Exterior colour: Cherry Red (COG - BLVC843) or  Black (PMA - BLVC90)
    Exterior trim: Chrome bumpers and grille
    Decals/badges: Coachlines and 1959-1989 crests
    Interior: Half leather/lightning cloth, red piping
    Equipment: Minilite-style wheels, security coded stereo, leather-bound copy of Rob Golding's Mini book.
    Production: 3,000 for UK    Cost new: £5,599
    2000 were Cherry Red and the other 1000 were Black  and 200 were automatic for the first time in a     limited edition.

MINI  35

 1994 (June)
    Based on: Mini Sprite    Engine: 1275 cc 1 3/4 SU Carb
    Exterior colour: Pearlescent Nevada Red ,   Metallic Arizona Blue ,  Diamond White  or  Metallic British Racing Green
 Exterior trim: Chrome grille, lock set and door handles, auxiliary driving lamps. Electric adjustable headlamp aim. Export option: Webasto sunroof.
    Decals/badges: Silver coachline with special decals.
    Interior: Blue-and-pink "Jamboree" fabric; export option: all-leather, perforated leather inserts, colored piping that matched the exterior. Full walnut wood dash and door cappings.
    Equipment: Opening rear windows, R652 stereo
    Production: 1000 for UK, 400 German / Dutch    Cost new: £5,695,

The 35 did not come with alloy wheels as standard.  Auto gearbox was  an option. Sold in France, Italy and Japan, under a different name.

MINI  40

 1999 (April)
    Based on: Mini Cooper    Engine: 1275 cc MPi (Multi-Point Injection)
    Exterior colours:   Island Blue (BU5),   Mulberry Red (CDM - BLVC1274),  Old English White (WT3)  or  Tahiti Blue Metallic
    Exterior trim: Chrome bumpers, grille, and handles. Optional Webasto electric sunroof.
    Decals/badges: Gold "Mini 40" bonnet badge, anniversary decal on the body sides, chrome "GB" on boot
    Interior: Color-matched leather seats with contrasting piping, alloy dashboard, chrome-detailed instruments, and a leather facia top, handbrake, and gear knob.
    Equipment: CD Player, 13-inch Sportspack wheels, Sportspack arches, twin spotl amps
    Production: 250 for UK     Cost new: £10,995
OTHER  MODELS


MINI  MAYFAIR

 1982 - 1994
    Based on: Mini City    Engine: 998 cc or 1275 cc
    Exterior colour: Various
  Exterior trim: Various coloured grille, door handles, bumpers, door mirrors, plastic wheel arch extensions and sill finishers, chrome from 1992. Silver plastic wheel covers
    Decals/badges: Coachlines with "Mayfair" logos
    Interior: Various colours, seats and door cards in Chalkstripe velor (1985–1988), Prism velor (1988–1991), Chevron velor (1992–1994), Windsor velor (1995–1996)
    Equipment: 12-inch wheels  alloy option after 1984, opening rear side windows, radio, head restraints, locking fuel cap, tinted glass, tachometer, front disc brakes from 1984, brake servo from 1988
    Cost new: £3,363

MINI  SPRITE
 1983 (August)
    Based on: Mini City    Engine: 998 cc
    Exterior colours:    Cinnibar Red (CMT - BLVC399)   OR    Primula Yellow (FMP - BLVC442)
    Exterior trim: Black bumpers and grille centre
    Decals/badges: Tapering side stripes with "Sprite" logo
    Interior: Grey Herringbone seat facings
    Equipment: Exaction 10-inch alloy wheels with 165/70R10 tyres, Mini special wheel arch extensions, twin door mirrors, 1275GT instrumentation
    Production: 2500    Cost new: £3,334
The Sprite was produced  in anticipation of the 25th anniversary of the Mini. The name comes from the 1971 Austin Healey.

MINI  RITZ

 1985 (January)
    Based on: Mini City    Engine: 998 cc
    Exterior colour:        Silver Leaf Metallic (MME - BLVC421)
 Exterior trim: Chrome, black-centered grille
    Decals/badges: Red stripes with "Ritz" logos
    Interior: Claret Red, Prussian Blue and Osprey Grey velvet
    Equipment: 12-inch alloy wheels
    Production: 2000 for UK, 1725 for export    Cost new: £3,798

MINI  CHELSEA

 1985 (February)
    Based on: Mini City    Engine: 998 cc
    Exterior colours: Targa Red (CNE - BLVC641) OR      Silver Leaf (Japan) (MME - BLVC421)
Exterior trim: Grey bumpers and door handles
    Decals/badges: Silver and red coachlines with "Chelsea" logos
    Interior: Osprey Grey with red piping
    Equipment: 12-inch alloy wheels and opening rear side windows
    Production: 1500 for UK, more exported    Cost new: £3,898

MINI  PICCADILLY

 1986 (May)
    Based: Mini City    Engine: 998 cc
    Exterior colour:  Cashmere Gold Metallic (GMD - BLVC422)
 Exterior trim: Chrome bumpers, black-centred grille
    Decals/badges: Twin coachlines with "Piccadilly" logo
    Interior: Bitter Chocolate, Coffee and Claret velvet
    Equipment: Full-width wheel trims, push button radio
    Production: 2500    Cost new: £3,928
Many were exported to France and Japan.

MINI  PARK  LANE
1987 (January)
    Based: Mini City    Engine: 998 cc
    Exterior colour: Black (PMA - BLVC90)
Exterior trim: Chrome bumpers and grille surround
    Decals/badges: 'Park Lane' logos on doors and bootlid, stripes on rear side panels
    Interior: Beige/Black velvet
    Equipment: Full width wheel trims, tinted windows, opening side windows, stereo radio cassette
    Production: 4000 (1500 for UK, 700 for Japan)    Cost new: £4,194

MINI  ADVANTAGE
     Mini Masters (Germany)
 1987 (June)
    Based on: Mini City    Engine: 998 cc
    Exterior colour:  Diamond White (NMN - BLVC655)
 Exterior trim: Grey bumpers and door handles; black door mirrors; white wheel covers for the 12-inch steel   wheels; Nimbus grey plastic wheel arch extensions and sill finishers
    Decals/badges: Tennis-net theme on lower body sides with "Advantage" script logo; Advantage logo on   upper right of bootlid
    Interior: Flint Grey and Jade Green "Tennis Net" cloth on seats and door panels
    Equipment: Tachometer, radio-cassette, tinted glass, opening rear windows with chrome surround
    Production: 4675 (2500 for UK)    Cost new: £4,286

MINI  RED  HOT
 1988 (January)
    Based on: Mini City
    Engine: 998 cc
    Exterior colour:  GPO Red (CNL – BLVC 1073)
    Exterior trim: Chrome bumpers and grille surround
    Decals/badges: Black coachline and 'Red Hot' logos
    Interior: Black velour
 Equipment: Full width wheel trims, opening side windows, tinted glass, push button radio
    Production: 3000 (1000 for UK)    Cost new: £4,382

MINI  JET  BLACK
 1988 (January)
    Based on: Mini City    Engine: 998 cc
    Exterior colour:        Black
    Exterior trim: Chrome bumpers and grille surround
    Decals/badges: Red coachline and 'Jet Black' logos
    Interior: Black velour
    Equipment: Full width wheel trims, opening side windows, tinted glass, push button radio
    Production: 3000 (1000 for UK)    Cost new: £4,382
 
MINI  DESIGNER
 1988 (June)
    Based on: Mini City    Engine: 998 cc
    Exterior colour:        White (NMF - BLVC449) OR   Black (PMA - BLVC90)
    Exterior trim: Nimbus grey
    Decals/badges: Twin coachlines and "Designer" logos on the rear side panels and bootlid
    Interior: Black and white striped fabric
    Equipment: Tinted glass, opening rear side windows, leather-rim steering wheel and two vanity mirrors in the sun visors
    Production: 2000    Cost new: £4,654
 Mary Quant-designed interior and Quant Daisy motifs on the steering wheel and bonnet badge.

MINI  ROSE
 1989 (January)
    Based on: Mini City    Engine: 998 cc
    Exterior colour:        White (NAL or BLVC 1218) with Pastel Pink (DME)roof
    Exterior trim: Grey bumpers, wheelarches and grille center
    Decals/badges: Coachlines with 'Rose' logo
    Interior: Pink and Blue 'Crayons' fabric
    Equipment: Full-width white wheeltrims, radio cassette
    Production: 500    Cost new: £4,675

MINI  SKY

1989 (January)
    Based on: Mini City    Engine: 998 cc
    Exterior colour:        White (NAL or BLVC 1218) with Pastel Blue (JQN) roof
    Exterior trim: Grey bumpers, wheelarches and grille center
    Decals/badges: Coachlines with 'Sky' logo
    Interior: Pink and Blue 'Crayons' fabric
    Equipment: Full-width white wheeltrims, radio cassette
    Production: 500    Cost new: £4,675

MINI  RACING
 1989 (January)
    Based on: Mini City    Engine: 998 cc
    Exterior colour:        BRG Metallic (HAF - BLVC617) with white roof
    Exterior trim: Chrome bumpers and black grille center
    Decals/badges: Coachlines with 'Racing' logo
    Interior: Black 'Crayons' fabric
    Equipment: Full-width white wheeltrims, radio cassette
    Production: 1000    Cost new: £4,795
Some were fitted with the John Cooper 998 conversion.

MINI  FLAME
 1989 (January)
    Based on: Mini City    Engine: 998 cc
    Exterior colour:        Flame Red (COF - BLVC818) with white roof
    Exterior trim: Chrome bumpers and black grille center
    Decals/badges: Coachlines with 'Flame' logo
    Interior: Black 'Crayons' fabric
    Equipment: Full-width white wheeltrims, radio cassette
    Production: 1000    Cost new: £4,795
Apart from the color, the Flame was the same as theRacing.

MINI  ERA  TURBO
 1990
    Engine: 1275 cc Turbocharged
    Exterior colour:    Flame Red (COF - BLVC818)  OR      British Racing Green (HAF - BLVC617)
    Other special order colours:     Black  White  OR   Silver
    Exterior trim: Body kit, grille with ERA badge, 5 spoke wheels with ERA emblem, rear windscreen wiper
    Decals/badges: Turbo bonnet badge, ERA badge fitted to rear, ERA ID plate on slam panel
    Interior: Available in full- or half-leather modified Austin Metro seats
    Equipment: Two speakers fitted to parcel shelf, radio (same manufacturer)
    Production: 99 UK & 337 Japan    Cost new: £9,501

MINI  RACING  GREEN

 1990 (February)
    Based on: Mini City    Engine: 998 cc
    Exterior colour:        BRG Metallic (HAF - BLVC617) with white roof
    Exterior trim: Chrome bumpers and grille
    Decals/badges: Coachlines with 'Racing' logo
    Interior: Black 'Crayons' fabric
    Equipment: Three-instrument binnacle, R361 Radio Cassette, option of automatic gearbox
    Production: 2500 for UK (total for Racing Green, Flame Red & Checkmate), more exported
    Cost new: £5,455
Fitted with a 3.44 final drive  And could be bought with the Rover approved John Cooper performance kit. Identical to the Flame Red and Checkmate apart from the colour.

MINI  FLAME  RED

 1990 (February)
    Based on: Mini City    Engine: 998 cc
    Exterior colour:        Flame Red (COF - BLVC818)
    Exterior trim: Chrome bumpers and grille
    Decals/badges: Coachlines with 'Racing' logo
    Interior: Black 'Crayons' fabric
    Equipment: Three-instrument binnacle, R361 Radio Cassette, option of auto gearbox
    Production: 2500 for UK (total for Racing Green, Flame Red, and Check Mate), more exported
    Cost new: £5,455
Fitted with a 3.44 final drive  Also could be bought with the Rover approved John Cooper performance kit. Same as the Racing Green and Checkmate  apart from the colour.

MINI  CHECKMATE
 1990 (February)
    Based on: Mini City    Engine: 998 cc
    Exterior colour:        Black (PMA - BLVC90)
    Exterior trim: Chrome bumpers, grille and sunroof
    Decals/badges: Coachlines with 'Racing' logo
    Interior: Black 'Crayons' fabric
    Equipment: Three-instrument binnacle, R361 Radio Cassette, option of automatic gearbox
    Production: 2500 for UK (total for Racing Green, Flame Red, and Check Mate), more exported
    Cost new: £5,455
Fitted with a 3.44 final drive , again could be bought with the Rover approved John Cooper performance kit. Again same as the Racing Green and Flame Red apart from the colour.

MINI  STUDIO  2

 1990 (June)
    Based on: Mini City    Engine: 998 cc
    Exterior colour:  Black (PDE - BLVC373), Nordic Blue (JQV - BLVC863) OR Storm Grey (LOZ - BLVC867)
    Exterior trim: Chrome grille, black bumpers
    Decals/badges: Studio 2 Decals, green stripe and three green dots below the window line
    Interior: Doeskin seat covers with green diagonal stripe, three-spoked steering wheel with unique green Mini badge.
    Equipment: full-width wheeltrims, opening rear quarterlights and an R750 stereo, 12' steel wheels with hubcaps, front disc brakes.
    Production: 1500 for UK  & 500 for Germany    Cost new: £5,375

MINI  COOPER  RSP

 1990 (September)
    Based on: Mini 30    Engine: 1275 cc
    Exterior colour:        Flame Red (CPQ - BLVC1000)  Black (PMF - BLVC644) OR  British Racing Green (HAF - BLVC617)
    Exterior trim: Chrome Grille and bumpers, body-colored door mirrors and wheelarches
    Decals/badges: White bonnet stripes with John Cooper signatures, Cooper badges
    Interior: Black leather seat inserts, leather bound steering wheel, red carpets
    Equipment: Sunroof, twin driving lamps, tinted glass, alloy Minilite-style wheels, Oil Cooler
    Production: 1050 for UK, 650 for Japan    Cost new: £6,995
   The RSP was the first Cooper since 1971, and the first Mini with a 1275 cc engine in over  9 years. The most powerful carburettor engine (with the S works conversion) and the only Mini fitted with an oil cooler as standard since the Cooper S of 1971.
 
MINI  NEON
 1991 (February)
    Based on: Mini City    Engine: 998 cc
    Exterior colour:   Nordic Blue (JQV - BLVC863)   OR     Pearlescent Caribbean Blue (UME - BLVC911)
    Exterior trim: Chrome bumpers, door handles, grille surround and exhaust tailpipe
    Decals/badges: Coachlines with "Neon by Mini" decals.
    Interior: Chevron velour with Neon badge on steering wheel.
    Equipment: Full-width wheel trims, standard passenger side door mirror, R280 digital radio/cassette, hinged rear windows
    Production: 1500    Cost new: £5,570

MINI  CABRIOLET

 1991 (June)
    Based on: Mini Cooper    Engine: 998 cc
    Exterior colour:        Pearlescent Cherry Red
    Exterior trim: "LAMM" body kit
    Decals/badges: Cabriolet badge on boot. Coachlines with "LAMM" decals
    Interior: Wood-grain dash, three-instrument binnacle, wooden door cappings and gear knob, Mayfair seats and trim, leather steering wheel
    Equipment: Clarion CRH50 stereo, Revolite alloy wheels
    Production: 100    Cost new: £12,250
Rover first ordered 75 cars from Lamm Autohaus, and  followed with an order for an additional 25. After the LAMM success, Rover  went into full production on the Mini Cabriolet, THEMSELVES. They had re-enforced sills to reduce the flexing.

MINI  BRITISH  OPEN  CLASSIC
 1992 (June)
    Based on: Mini Mayfair    Engine: 1275 cc
    Exterior colour:        British Racing Green (HAF - BLVC617)
    Exterior trim: Chrome bumpers, grille, and handles; body-color door mirrors; black wheelarch extensions and sill finishers
    Decals/badges: Coachlines with "British Open Classic" decals and coat of arms
    Interior: Stone Beige Countryman Tweed upholstery with leather inserts and green piping, cream leather steering wheel, matching door cards and seatbelts, label stitched to seats reading "By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen"
    Equipment: Electrically operated full-length Webasto sunroof, Minilite-style alloy wheels, R552 stereo, opening rear windows
    Production: 1000 for UK    Cost new: £7,195

MINI  ITALIAN  JOB

 1992 (October)
    Based on: Mini Mayfair    Engine: 1275 cc
    Exterior colour:    Flame Red (COF - BLVC818), Metalic British Racing Green (HAM - BLVC1216),        Diamond White (NMN - BLVC655)  OR  Electric Blue (NMN - BLVC997)
    Exterior trim: Body-coloured wing mirrors, white grilles, black bumpers.
    Decals/badges: Bonnet stripes, "Italian Job" badge, crossed Italian and British flag decals
    Interior: Black tweed, three-spoke steering wheel with Italian flag on steering wheel and front seats
    Equipment: Tinted glass, twin driving lamps, opening rear quarter windows
    Production: 1000 for UK, 750 for Italy    Cost new: £5,995

MINI  RIO
    Year: 1993 (June)
    Based on: Mini Sprite    Engine: 1275 cc
    Exterior colour:   Black (PDE - BLVC373),  Pearlescent Caribbean Blue (UME - BLVC911)  OR        Metallic Polynesian Turquoise (UMG - BLVC966)
    Exterior trim: Chrome bumpers
    Decals/badges: "Rio" Decals on flanks and boot
    Interior: Black with bright green Spira panels on doors and seats.
    Equipment: R562 radio/cassette
    Production: 750    Cost new: £5,495

MINI  TAHITI

 1993 (October)
    Based on: Mini Sprite    Engine: 1275 cc
    Exterior colour:        Tahiti Blue (JMP - BLVC65)
    Exterior trim: Chrome bumpers
    Decals/badges: "Tahiti" Decals with silhouetted palm trees on flanks and boot
    Interior: Black trim with blue-and-black door and seat inserts, colour-coded seat belts
    Equipment: Minilite-style alloy wheels, R652 radio/cassette
    Production: 500    Cost new: £5,795 (£6,715 for automatic)


MINI  COOPER  MONTE  CARLO
 1994 (January and July)
    Based on: Mini Cooper 1.3i    Engine: 1275 cc
    Exterior colour:    Flame Red (CPQ - BLVC1000)  OR     Black (PMF - BLVC644)
    Decals/badges: "John Cooper" signature decals, coachline with Monte Carlo decals
    Interior: Wooden dashboard, red vinyl seats with cream cloth center panels, red seat belts, red carpets, red leather steering wheel, gear knob, and gaiter
    Equipment: Gunmetal Minilite-style alloy wheels, four fog lamps
    Production: 200    Cost new: £7,195 (January  edition) £7,995 (July)
The 1994 Monte Carlo  celebrated  Paddy Hopkirk's Monte Carlo Rally win 30 years previous..

MINI  COOPER  GRAND  PRIX
 1994 to 96
    Based on: Mini Cooper    Engine: 1275 cc
    Exterior colour: All available Rover Mini Cooper colours
    Exterior trim: Chrome grille, handles and locks
    Decals/badges:  Red badge inserts Coachlines with Grand Prix decals
    Interior: Leather trim for doors, leather steering wheel and upholstery, glovebox-mounted plaque, walnut 6-gauge dash, door cappings and door pulls
    Equipment: Koni adjustable dampers, four driving lamps, stainless sill plates
    Modifications: big-valve, ported, balanced and flowed cylinder head, special cam and valve rocker assemblies, Weber Alpha fuel injection (except for the last few, which had a remapped Rover ECU), catalyzed Janspeed exhaust, revised air filter, oil cooler The engine produced 86 bhp.
    Production: 35 with 2 as LHD    Cost new: £13,495
 
MINI  SIDEWALK
 1995 (June)
    Based on: Mini Sprite    Engine: 1275 cc
    Exterior colour:    Charcoal Metallic,  Kingfisher  Blue  OR   Diamond White
    Exterior trim: Chrome bumpers
    Decals/badges: "Sidewalk" decals
    Interior: Red seat belts and blue tartan trim
    Equipment: Radio/cassette
    Production: 1000 for UK    Cost new: £5,895

MINI  EQUINOX
 1996 (April)
    Based on: Mini Sprite    Engine: 1275 cc
    Exterior colour:    Ameranth (KMN - BLVC1223),  Charcoal Grey (LVD - BLVC574)  OR   Platinum Silver (MNX - BLVC1209)
    Exterior trim: Chrome bumpers and grille
    Decals/badges: Coachlines with "Equinox" Decals (astrological theme)
    Interior: Purple and black moon-and-stars printed fabric seat inserts with leather edging
    Equipment: Tinted glass, opening rear quarter windows, R660 radio/cassette, alarm/immobilizer
    Production: 750    Cost new: £6,195

MINI  COOPER  35
 1996 (May)
    Based on: Mini Cooper    Engine: 1275 cc
    Exterior colour:    Almond Green (HAK - BLVC1212) with Diamond White roof (NMN - BLVC655)
    Exterior trim: Body-coloured door mirrors and wheel arches
    Decals/badges: Coachlines with "Mini Cooper 1961-1996 Anniversary Edition" decals on sides and bootlid
    Interior: Porcelain Green leather seats with Cooper logos; matching leather steering wheel and gear knob; "Anniversary" badge on steering wheel; wooden dash with cream-faced dials
    Equipment: Gunmetal grey Minilite-style 12-inch alloy wheels, four spotlamps
    Production: 200  Includes 5 John Cooper Garages S specification     Cost new: £8,195
The John Cooper S specification were 86 bhp.

MINI  COOPER  S  TOURING

 1997 to 99
    Based on: Mini Cooper    Engine: 1275 cc
    Exterior trim: Stainless steel sill covers, alloy fuel flap, Cooper valve caps
    Decals/badges: "Cooper S Touring" side decals, "Si" boot badge, John Cooper chassis plate under front seat
    Interior: Leather steering wheel, walnut dashboard and door cappings, alloy door handles
    Production: 100 Cost  new: £11,595
 Jack Knight 5-speed gearbox was available as an optional extra for £1,655.

MINI  PAUL  SMITH
 1998 (March)
    Based on: Mini Sprite    Engine: 1275 cc
    Exterior colour:        Paul Smith Blue (JFL - BLVC1269)
        Also available in Black and White (Japan)
    Exterior trim: Chrome grille, handles, and bumpers; green Great Britain isle badge on grille
    Decals/badges: 9ct gold emamelled "Paul Smith" bonnet badge, Paul Smith rear winder sticker
    Interior: Black leather trim, Paul Smith-scripted instrument graphics; Citrus Green glovebox interior, petrol tank and solid boot liner.
    Equipment: Charcoal grey Minilite alloy wheels, two spotlamps, Special "Paul Smith" denim jack & tool bag  and Green painted rocker cover
    Production: 300 for UK, 1500 for rest of world    Cost new: £10,225
Paul Smith also designed a one-off Mini with 86 different-coloured stripes. It reminds me of the bobble hat my grandma knitted for me when I was nine…

MINI  COOPER  SPORTS  LE
 1998 (May)
    Based on: Mini Cooper    Engine: 1275 cc
    Exterior colours:     Brooklands Green (HFB - BLVC1265)     Black (PMF - BLVC644)   Roof: White
    Exterior trim: Chrome grille and handles; white mirrors
    Decals/badges: Twin coachlines with BMC-style rosette with the words "Mini Cooper" to the rear; "V" flash in yellow (similar to British Vita Logo) above the front side indicator; BMC-style rosette with the words "Mini Cooper" on the left hand side of boot lid; white bonnet stripes
    Equipment: Two spotlamps, sports suspension pack, 13x6-inch Sportspack wheels, Sportspack wheelarches
    Interior: Walnut dashboard; dark green leather interior; green carpets; dark green leather and black steering wheel; dark green leather gear change boot and knob
    Production: 100 (Approx 50 of each colour)    Cost new: £10,525
Built to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the four 1968 Saloon Car Championship Race victories.

MINI  COOPER  S  SPORT  5

 1999 (March)
    Based on: Mini Cooper    Engine: 1275 cc
    Exterior trim: Chrome bumpers and grille
    Decals/badges: Cooper S Sport 5 decals
    Interior trim: Leather gear knob
    Equipment: 13x6-inch Rover Sportspack alloy wheels, Sportspack wheelarches, 2 auxiliary driving lamps
    Cost new: £13,650
    Options:        Leather interior  AND OR         Electric sunroof
The Sport 5 was very similar to the Cooper S Touring except that it was offered with the 5-speed Jack Knight gearbox as standard.

MINI  COOPER  S  WORKS
 1999 (March)
    Based on: Mini Cooper    Engine: 1275 cc
    Exterior colour:    Brooklands Green        Roof: Old English White
    Exterior trim: Chrome grille, door handles and bumpers
    Decals/badges: Coachlines with "S works" decals. Special red-winged badges front and back.
    Interior: Alloy dashboard, door cappings, door furniture, and foot pedals; leather steering wheel and gear knob
    Equipment: CD player, 12-inch alloy wheels
    Production: 250    Cost new: £12,495
    Options:        Jack Knight 5-speed gearbox  AND OR  Sportspack
With 90 bhp output from its big-valve high-compression engine, the S Works is the most powerful Cooper ever made.

MINI  JOHN  COOPER
 1999 (August)
    Based on: Mini Cooper    Engine: 1275 cc
    Exterior colour:    Brooklands Green (HFB - BLVC1265)     Roof: Old English White (NNX - BLVC1205)
    Exterior trim: Chrome bumpers, grille, and handles
    Interior: Grenadine red leather upholstery (with black piping for seats) on dash top, door liners, gear gaiter, and door pockets; red carpeting; black leather steering wheel, handbrake grip and gear knob; alloy dashboard
Decals/badges: John Cooper signature in chrome-plated steel.
    Equipment: 13-inch Sportspack alloy wheels, Sportspack arches, two spotlamps, CD player
    Production: 300  Cost new: £10,995

MINI  COOPER  SPORT  500

    Year: 2000
    Based on: Mini Cooper    Engine: 1275 cc
    Exterior colours;   Tahiti Blue (JRJ - BLVC965),   Anthracite (LQW - BLVC1266),   Solar Red (CMU - BLVC1278)  or    British Racing Green (HAF - BLVC617)
        Roof: silver
    Exterior trim: Chrome bumpers and grille, silver bonnet stripes
    Interior: Black and silver leather; alloy gear knob
    Equipment: Four spotlamps, 13-inch alloy wheels, certificate signed by John Cooper, plaque inside glovebox, high level brake light
    Production: 500 – The last produced from Sir Alec Issigonis’s original design.    Cost new: £10,995
Production was only brought to an end because of emissions, the good old A Series engine could no longer pass the more stringent standards…

 

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