Mini Cooper S Paddy Hopkirk Edition Commemorates Monte Carlo Rally Win
Exclusive special model in honor of the victorious driver commemorates the classic Mini’s first triumph at the legendary Monte Carlo Rally in 1964
Latest Special Edition available from November 2020 in the US as
MINI Cooper S Hardtop 2 doors
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – September 20, 2020 – MINI USA Announces Availability of New MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition in US The MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition will be available to US customers in November 2020 and is based on the popular MINI Cooper S Hardtop 2 Door model. Inspired by the historic rally winner, this special edition Cooper S sports the famous starting number 37 livery, a body finished in chili red and a contrasting white roof.
56 years have passed, but the memories of the great triumph achieved by the small car with the starting number 37 are still alive. In 1964, the classic Mini Cooper S won the first of three overall victories in the legendary Monte Carlo rally. At the wheel was then 30-year-old Northern Irish rally driver Patrick “Paddy” Hopkirk. In his honor, MINI now presents an edition model with exclusive design and equipment to mark one of the most spectacular achievements in the history of international motorsport. An unmistakable reminder of Hopkirk’s historic victory in the classic Mini is the car’s starting number 37, which is featured in stylized form on the driver and passenger doors of the edition model.
Hopkirk’s victorious race in the Mini Cooper S was widely celebrated by on-site spectators and motor racing enthusiasts in the UK. Driving the small British car with his English co-driver Henry Liddon, Hopkirk overcame the obstacles facing his competitors with
greater engine power. The handicap formula in effect at the time meant that differences in weight and performance in the starting field were compensated to some extent. But the crucial factors in winning the tough race on country roads and mountain passes, through icy snow, in tight turns and on steep slopes were the Mini Cooper S’s agility and reliability and skill. from Hopkirk.
The surprise victory in Monte Carlo made Paddy Hopkirk the UK’s most famous rally driver overnight. At the same time, the classic Mini has gone from being an outsider and crowd pleaser to becoming a true racing legend. This status was reaffirmed in the years that followed when the Mini Cooper S dominated the Monte Carlo Rally. Hopkirk’s Finnish teammates Timo Mäkinen and Rauno Aaltonen added two more all-time wins to the title collection in 1965 and 1967.
Rallye Monte-Carlo’s winning streak continues to inspire MINI fans around the world to this day. With the MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition, they now have the opportunity to express their passion for racing in a particularly authentic way. The edition model combines its exterior paintwork in the style of the historic rally winner in a market-specific way with 17-inch John Cooper Works light-alloy wheels in Track Spoke Black design and many other dark color accents. The frame and horizontal radiator grille are finished in high gloss black, as are the inserts for the lower air intakes, the opening in the hood, the door handles, the fuel filler flap, the tailgate handle , the MINI logos on the front and rear as well as the bezels for the headlights and taillights.
The starting number 37 also appears on the side indicator elements known as the side headphones. Other distinctive features on the exterior are the LED headlights and rear lights in Union Jack design, stickers with the inscription “Paddy Hopkirk Monte Carlo” and a single white stripe on the hood on the driver’s side, which, like the tailgate of the edition model, bears the signature of the winner “Monte” of 1964. In addition, the famous combination of numbers and letters 33 EJB from the license plate of the winning car Monte Carlo 1964 is depicted on the strip hood using 3D effect graphics.
Hopkirk’s signature also appears on the decorative stripe on the passenger side, which is part of the glossy Piano Black interior surfaces. Another unique design feature is the MINI LED entrance sills bearing the name “Paddy Hopkirk”. The MINI Excitation package and Comfort Access are also included in the MINI Paddy Hopkirk edition.
The MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition will be available at MINI dealers across the United States in November 2020.