Number 848 out of 1, 000 with a Legacy in Tow
If the Mini Cooper S Monte Carlo edition rings any bells, this might be because of Tyler Hoover who used to own a “hooptie” version of one , which resulted within rather expensive repair bills. Regardless, this particular example seems to be in a much better state than Tyler’s “problem child”. It’s number 848 out of one, 000 Monte Carlo Minis and currently resides in Costa Mesa, California.
Sadly, Paddy Hopkirk passed away not long ago, which makes these limited-edition Minis a part of his legacy. Like all MC40 Mini Cooper S versions, this one is finished in a striking shade associated with Chilli Red with a white roof. The car also comes with magnetic number “37” numbering on the doors. It also has two-tone leather seats, completed in Space Red and Panther Black, along with the appropriate plaques, labels, and decals to prove it’s one of the particular 1, 000 MC40 cars.
As it is a modern car, air-conditioning is standard (it hasn’t been deleted like on many track-focused variants). The interior of the Mini Cooper MC40 also benefits from John Cooper Works carbon-fiber dashboard, battery, oil, and temperature gauges, aluminum pedals, MC40 shift knob, and the plaque signed by the North Irish pilot, Paddy Hopkirk, himself.
Distinctive Retro Design and Respectable Power
Being a 2004 model year, the car is based on the R53 generation from the Small Cooper. It features a very distinctive retro-futuristic design, which usually reinterprets the particular original aesthetics of the 1960s Austin Mini . As for what’s under the hood, it is the 1. 6-liter supercharged inline-four engine that pumps out 170 horsepower (127 kilowatts) plus 162 pound-feet (220 Nm).
For those thinking it’s not enough, the Mini Cooper S weighs just 2, 513 pounds (1, 140 kg), and with a six-speed manual 0 in order to 60 mph (97 km/h) happens in 6. 8 seconds. These furthermore respond really well to minor modifications and it’s easy in order to get over 200 wheel-horsepower away of 1. In any kind of case, the particular Mini Cooper S MC40 is the neat piece of racing history and a proper tribute to a legend. The particular best part is that it is reasonably(ish) priced.
Source: Classic Cars