2006 MINI Cooper GP

This year, MINI unleashed the second generation John Cooper Works GP, which is a no-nonsense, limited edition, track ready version of their popular Cooper S. At over $40,000 including destination charges, you really have to want the fastest MINI on the block to justify the massive price differential over the regular S and Works model. The first generation GP was a tad bit cheaper, and now it’s possible to snag one for even less. This GP for sale in San Francisco is #850 and has covered a little over 80,000 miles.

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Year: 2006
Model: Cooper S GP
Engine: 1.6 liter supercharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 83,321 mi
Price: No reserve auction

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Selling for no reserve. No mini-mum 🙂 floor amount. Final bid wins…

Rare 2006 Mini Cooper GP #850 with 83k miles. One owner. No accidents. Purchased new from Concord Bmw on 11/7/2006. Paid over 5k over MSRP at the time. All stock and original condition. Only 2000 cars were made worldwide and 415 units for US market. They are rare! It has 215HP and a top speed of 146mph. Only recently changed suspension last month to full Bilstein PSS9 adjustable suspension. Also last month installed 4 new Michelin Pilot Sport tires 215/40R18.

All services were performed at Mini Dealerships or independent mini specialist. Services are up to date. Just also installed new heater core. Paint is excellent condition. Interior is excellent. Non smoker and no pets. Drivers seat fabric shows some wear.

Car has very cold AC. Factory heated seats. Medium window tint on all windows. Bilstein PSS9 is fully adjustable. Settings are set in the middle for daily driving comfort. Easily adjustable without removal of any parts. I have stock suspension if buyer wants to have it back.

Car runs and drives amazing. People love this car and give me thumbs up all the time. Its very fast and very nimble especially with the Bilstein suspension. Never been tracked or raced.

Clean title in hand. Email for more info. Seller has right to cancel auction early.

Interesting facts
Assembled in Bertone, Italy from a “body-in-white” kit manufactured at the MINI plant in Oxford, England
The most powerful first generation production engine, with John Cooper Works upgrade, further boosted to approx 215hp / 180ftlb torque
Weight savings of almost 100lb by removing the rear seat and substituting aluminum rear control arms
Unique “Thunder Blue” body color, with silver roof and contrasting red mirror caps
Unique aero kit, including carbon fiber rear “wing” spoiler and underbody panelling for improved aerodynamics
Unique 18″ lightweight wheels
Unique “anthracite” speedometer & rev counter dial

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As an R53 Cooper S owner, I’m not thrilled at the lineup expansion towards cars like the Countryman cute ute. But, similar to Porsche, if it maintains the brand’s future viability, I guess I’ll have to put up with it. For me, I’ll stick with the original and variations thereof, like the GP. Of all the R53 Cooper S models, the GP is the most prized, due mainly to its rarity. Only 2,000 were produced. If this car had 50,000 miles or under, you’d be looking at strong money, say around $20,000 to $25,000. Closing in on 100,000, I’d suspect this one will bring a little bit of a premium over clean, plain wrapper R53s, say around $15,000 to $17,000.

-Paul

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