This special edition is a celebration of a partnership that gave us some of the Best MINIs of all timeby Khris Bharath, on
The MINI brand began collaborating with John Cooper 60 years ago in September 1961, and that bond continues to this day; MINI’s top performance variant still bears the JCW name - with a John Cooper Works badge - and this new special edition has been launched to commemorate that very relationship between the two brands that spans six decades.
The special edition will be available in three models: the MINI Cooper 3-Door, MINI Cooper S 3-Door, and MINI John Cooper Works.
The MINI Anniversary Edition is instantly recognizable by its shiny British Racing Green exterior and white accents. There is also a Midnight Black metallic option, and the John Cooper Works Anniversary Edition comes in Rebel Green. As with most MINI’s the roof, mirror caps, and door handles are in a contrasting shade. They are white in color and the same treatment is also included on the surrounds for the headlights and taillights. The 18-inch JCW circuit spoke wheels are two-toned to match the beautiful bodywork.
The MINI Anniversary Edition JCW features sporty white stripes on the hood and contrasting red lines on the tank shroud, as well as the number "74" boldly displayed on the hood and doors. The same number was used on the classic MINI Cooper that won the first race and brought home the Snetterton Lombank Trophy.
The interior is just as unique as the outside. Inside the cabin, there are some distinctive details. For example, the Cooper welcome pedal and Cooper emblem on the steering wheel are featured on the interior of the MINI Anniversary Edition. John Cooper’s signatures can be found on the left side of the driver’s instrument cluster along with Mike Cooper and Charlie Cooper who together, represent three generations of the Cooper family.
In addition, Dinamica leather sports seats, stainless steel pedals, piano black trim pieces, and red accents are included. These aspects undoubtedly provide a nostalgic aura, letting you know that you are driving something with a certain pedigree and heritage.
Performance is brisk given this is a MINI after all, with a variety of quick engines to choose from.
The Cooper three-door is driven by a 1.5-liter gasoline turbocharged engine with 136 horsepower, whilst the Cooper S three-door is powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline turbocharged engine with 192 horsepower.
The range-topping Cooper S-Door, the JCW, also has a 2.0-liter gasoline turbocharged engine with 228 horsepower. All engines are available with either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission.
Anniversaries are certainly a good reason to make a limited edition, as was the case with the 60th anniversary of John Cooper’s Cooper Car Company, which won the Formula 1 constructors’ title in 1959 and 1960. Who could have anticipated that Cooper would take Sir Alec Issigonis’ humble MINI and transform it into an icon? This special anniversary edition will be made in a limited number of just 740 examples globally.