Mini launches Anniversary Edition to celebrate first racetrack stint in 1961

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In a recent press release, Mini announced that it has launched a new Anniversary Edition model released to commemorate the marque’s first appearance on the racetrack.

The first Mini with a Cooper badge debuted in 1961 and was soon off to the races. Seen as an underdog, that Mini shocked the race’s spectators as it nabbed its first victory. The newly released Anniversary Edition model harks back to Mini’s roots and iconic motorsports pedigree.

According to Mini, the Anniversary Edition will be built in classic British Racing Green with white bonnet stripes and red outlines, derived from Cooper Car Company design motifs. The Cooper Car Company logo is also featured on the Anniversary Edition’s door sills and side scuttles.

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As a tribute to the Mini Cooper’s first race, the number 74 is placed on the hood and doors of the Anniversary Edition Mini.

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The signature of all three Cooper generations — John Cooper, John Michael Cooper, and Charlie Cooper — are etched in the cockpit facia of all Anniversary Edition models.

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“The Cooper name shares a storied history with Mini, and this new Anniversary Edition reflects the Cooper performance heritage, offering a classic and sporty appearance. John Cooper kicked off 60 years of performance innovation with the original Mini Cooper, and the Anniversary Edition honors the Cooper legacy that helped define Mini’s performance pedigree over the last six decades,” said Mini USA Department Head of Marketing Product and Strategy Patrick McKenna.

Mini will offer the Anniversary Edition in limited numbers and is now available to order from Mini dealerships in the States.

The Mini Anniversary Edition comes with a white roof and mirror caps, a panoramic moonroof, touchscreen navigation, and several other features, at a total cost of US$39,900.

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The exclusive model will also be available for the John Cooper Works Hardtop 2 Door.

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