2006 MINI Cooper S GP

Quintessentially British, the MINI has BMWs fingerprints all over it and thus, is a welcome addition in the usual GCFSB roundup. Yours truly is an R53 Cooper S owner. For four years, the car has had very few issues and has been a pleasantly fun and trusty motoring sidekick. I’ve never grown tired of driving it and the power delivery by the supercharger makes this 1.6 liter feel a lot mightier than its displacement would suggest. At the end of the R53 run, MINI unleashed a special version, the Cooper S GP. Only 2,000 examples were produced, which featured no rear seats, reduced sound deadening, optional A/C and a few other weight savings measures. One color was available, Thunder Blue with a Pure Silver roof with the serial number on the roof and dashboard. This particular GP for sale in Virginia is a low production number and was brought to our attention from our reader Walker.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2006 MINI Cooper S GP on Williamsburg, Virginia’s Craigslist

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2004 Mini Cooper S MC40

By now, everyone is familiar with BMW’s revival of the Mini marque a little more than a decade ago. While they retained the bulldog stance of the traditional Mini, the new MINI was clearly a more grownup version of the car. It had gotten a bit bigger, put on a little weight, and added some strength (more power). But even in its larger form, the car has remained an absolute hoot to drive. Its short wheelbase allows it to transition easily through switchbacks and the steering has a nice weight to it that is uncommon in many FWD cars. It was that short wheelbase that made the original Mini a surprisingly successful rally car in the ’60s, winning the Monte Carlo rally three times from 1964-1967 (in 1966 the Mini won, but was disqualified). To commemorate the 40th anniversary of its original win, BMW produced the MC40, a limited production Cooper S that featured a variety of cosmetic additions in celebration of Mini’s racing history. The car we have here, located in Houston, is #336/1000 and has retained all of the various MC40 additions.


Year: 2004
Model: Cooper S MC40
Engine: 1.6 liter supercharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 85,403 mi
Price: Reserve auction (Buy It Now $9,900)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Mini Cooper S MC40 on EBay

Totally unmolested MC40. #336 of 1000 produced to commemorate the 40th anniversary of MINI’s historic win at Monte Carlo. The MC40 package was a $7000 option that included….

Carbon Dash
Special 2 piece BBS alloys
Headlight washers
Driving Lights
Xenon Head lights
Special alloy shift knob
Commenorative badging including the licence plate 33 EJB
Plaque indicating number of car of the 1000 produced
One off red and black leather interior
Stability and traction control

Most of these cars have been chopped up, commemorative badging removed, etc as many do not realise the significance of the ocassion. This car was manufactured for North America only. This is an honest unmolested original with a few imperfections that I have not touched so the car can speak for itself. Very reluctant sale due to job change.


This isn’t a low mileage car, but at 85,000 miles it isn’t terribly high mileage either. MINIs have retained their value pretty well and an original version of a limited production car should do even better. For a driver who simply would like a fun car to drive, the MC40 additions shouldn’t be of much significance as they are principally cosmetic. With that said, presuming the car comes through with a good PPI, the Buy It Now of $9,900 is in the ballpark for MINI prices even for a buyer who cares little about the limited nature of this edition.


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.


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

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2006 MINI Cooper GP on eBay

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


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.


2006 MINI Cooper S Dinan

A little more than two years on, I’m still enamored with my 2006 MINI Cooper S. I was lucky to stumble upon my Astro Black (dark metallic blue) R53 at a used car lot outside of Philadelphia with a scant 33,000 miles on the clock. I am just about to turn 45,000 miles, because I take public transport to work, using the car simply on weekends and road trips. Every time I get behind the wheel, this car puts a smile on my face in every gear.

Since 2006, the MINI lineup has grown a lot larger, much to some purists’ chagrin. Like the Porsche Panamera and Cayenne, I understand cars like the MINI Countryman and Paceman have their time and place, but for me, only a Cooper will do. We haven’t featured an R53 in a while here on GCFSB, but this Cooper S for sale in Florida has some nice Dinan upgrades and is making the right noises.

Year: 2006
Model: Cooper S Dinan
Engine: 1.6 liter supercharged inline four
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 72,000
Price: $14,900

2006 MINI Cooper S Dinan on BMW CCA Classifieds

Stunning example of the last year supercharged R53. Fully optioned: Cold weather pkg, Premium pkg, Sport pkg, limited slip differential, HK sound plus more. 206 HP Dinan S2/S3 upgrades, too numerous to list. Outstanding condition. Second owner, have owned for six years. CA car since new, no accidents or repaint. Never raced, tracked or abused. Complete documented maintenance records. Email for full fact sheet. See 36 photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/24088817@N08/sets/72157632842957629/

When I bought my Cooper S in early 2011, I paid just a hair over $15,000. My car is a base Cooper S without the Sport Package or Premium Package, but it does have the Cold Weather Package. The mileage on my car is still much lower than this example, but in all honesty, this souped up Cooper S certainly looks just as mint as mine. I’d say this car’s extra features and power are evened out by the lower mileage on my car. So after two years then, we’re just about even when it comes to depreciation? Probably not. But at this asking price, we’re not that far off. I’m guessing this car would probably shift for somewhere between $13,500 to $14,500.


2006 Dinan MINI Cooper S2 For Sale

I have blogged fanatical about a few of these.  Dealer tuned these cars are far more rare than similarly equipped John Cooper Works tuned cars.

2006 Dinan MINI Cooper S2:

From the seller –

“Dinan s2+ mini cooper s – Dinan serial # s20508


We are making in the room in the garage, so our beloved Mini needs a new home. It has been garage kept, Florida car, BMW enthusiast owned and professionally maintained/detailed on a regular basis. This car handles like it is on rails. Night/Day difference compared to a stock Cooper S, and substantially better than a JCW. This car drives great and has an amazing sound track, needs nothing but a caring owner.  Very rare Mini, less than a hundred Dinan S2 Minis in existance.

– All major service has been completed including a new ATI Crank Pulley that was just replaced with new belts, etc. last month.  Crank pulley’s typically fail in the 60-70k mile range, even on 05’-06’ R53’s.  This Mini has primarily Florida Highway miles & needs nothing.  – All minor items were replaced before the factory warranty expired.  All service/maintenance performed by Orlando Mini and Maitland Imports Mini Service.  Only the best & highest quality parts used to create the ultimate street MCS.  There are minor rock chips typical of a car of this age to be expected, other than that, no cosmetic blemishes to speak of.

– NEW Conti Extreme Contact DW’s performance tires – 2000 miles on them

– Mobil 1 Oil changes every 3k miles

Dinan S2-MINI Cooper S

The Dinan S2 program takes MINI Cooper S performance to an even higher level, increasing output to 205 horsepower as well as upgrading the suspension system. The S2 engine program features substantial increase in supercharger boost pressure in addition to intake and exhaust enhancements, resulting in eye opening acceleration and handling capabilities beyond compare. In addition to the High Flow-Cowl Induction Intake, a larger bore throttle body is employed, further improving the engine’s ability to breathe for even more power and crisp throttle response. The Stage 3 Suspension System ensures that the MINI has the necessary grip for tight and predictable handling as well as providing a dramatic reduction of under steer, enabling the driver to take full advantage of all 205 horses through the turns. At the same time, the suspension system maintains a surprisingly comfortable ride, vastly more compliant and absorbent than more typical suspension packages where low and stiff tend to be the standard formula. One drive in the Dinan S2-MINI will have you convinced that ride comfort and crisp handling don’t have to be mutually exclusive with proper engineering. The Dinan S2 program delivers the acceleration and handling that make the MINI driving experience that much more exciting, without compromising drivability , reliability or warranty coverage.

The Dinan S2-MINI Cooper S features: Boost Upgrade System; Stage 5 Engine Software; High Flow-Cowl Induction Intake; Free Flow Exhaust; High Flow Throttle Body; Strut Tower Brace; Stage 3 Suspension System (Koni Adjustable Shocks, Dinan Springs, Larger rear anti-roll bar, and Camber Plates) ; Signature Floor Mats; Serial Numbered S2 Plaque; Dinan Deck Lid Badge.

Dinan Stage 2+ (The + is: Revolution Motor Works street Cam, tune, and JCW -blue- injectors) Dyno tuned by RMW to 197hp/180tq at the wheels. This translates to approx 225hp at the crank. It has the perfect amount of power for the chassis.

Additional upgrades:

– RMW Street Cam & Tune

– JCW Injectors

– Powerflex Poly front control ARM bushings (OEM control ARM bushings wear quickly, a known weak point)

– ATI Crank pulley (better than OEM & will outlast the car)

– 22MM rear sway bar

– Hotchkis H-Sport Adjustable Rear Control ARMS (factory rear control arms are a weak point of the suspension & with any suspension there is too much camber that can’t be dialed out without adjustable control ARMs)

– RMW/ARP high strength wheel studs. Custom ordered from ARP only 1 of 10 pairs made for a 06’ MCS (makes wheel install much easier)

– ATE Power Disc Rotors w/Bav Auto Pagid Red Street Pads (within 5k miles)

– Voltage Hood Scoop

– K&N reusable Air Filter (Dinan was disposable type filter)

– New Interstate High Output OEM fitment battery

– V1 Hardwired to factory fuse block

– OEM Sport Grill

– Shadow line black out package for chrome trim, with black Cooper side grills.

– Lifetime 20% window tint

– 3M Clear Paint Protection for front end/hood, rear 1/4’s, & Headlights (the headlights are brand new under the clear film)

(Over $13k for S2 & everything else)

Factory Options:  (everything you would want and nothing you don’t need)

Factory LSD

HID Headlights

Multifunction Steering wheel w/cruise

Harmon Kardon Enhanced Sound

Heated Seats

Anthracite Headliner/trim panels (makes a HUGE difference for interior appearance)

Mini ‘Seven’ S.E. Piano Black Trim

Chrome Line Interior

Fog lights

Rear Fog light

Aux Audio Input

– Without sunroof this car saves an estimated 100lbs from the highest point of gravity and weighs in around 2600lbs.

– Currently wired for Sirius Satellite Radio with a Stiletto 2 receiver.  I am willing to leave the Sirius Car Kit wiring in place and you can add your own Stiletto 2 Sirius unit.  (you can plug & play a Stiletto 2 receiver that can be had of eBay for relatively cheap).”

MINI purists will tell you, and I suppose I am becoming one, that the ’06 R53 MINI is where this car peaked.  They were the pinnacle of performance and reliability for the model.  I have been driving a ’08 John Cooper Works MCS and trying to tell myself otherwise and it just is not working.

Outside the Dinan set up this car is wonderfully upgraded with all sorts of suspension work, mild motor mods, and appearance bits.  It has also been well maintained.  The oil changes every 3k is key, if you follow the MINI scheduled maintenance protocol you risk doing serious damage to your motor.

Current bidding is up to $12k with the reserve not met.  I would pay $16k for this all day, let’s see if the seller agrees.


2004 MINI Cooper S MC40

Part of the allure of the MINI is the level to which one can personalize their car to stand out from the crowd. From roof graphics to wheels, the possibilities for kitting your car out are endless. Along with accessories, MINI has been known for the special edition versions. Variants such as the Park Lane, Mayfair and Mary Quandt editions were offered on the original Mini, and we have seen versions such as the Sidewalk and Camden with the new MINIs. To celebrate Mini’s 40th Anniversary of winning the Monte Carlo Rally, the MC40 was released. A limited run of 1,000 vehicles, this edition came in red with a white roof over red and black leather and finished the look with rally lights, 17″ anthracite finished wheels and magnetic graphics that included a 33-EJB number plate on the bonnet and “37” decals on the doors. This particular example also has the British flag roof graphic and tinted windows.

2004 MINI Cooper S MC40 on eBay

I have my Mini Cooper “S” MC40 PKG for sale that i have owned since 2006 and i am the second owner. The car has always been garaged and driven just 6 K miles since i bought it . It has all factory services done and was just in for a oil service and all checked out just fine. The Car is number 56/1000 being a special limited addition MC40 package to commemorate teh 40th anniversary of mini winning the monte carlo. The car has R90 wheels , two tone leather seats, carbon fiber , Cooper works interior package sport suspension, cooper works cold air box and engine cover,Mini Rally lights, union jack roof decal, windows just tinted and new tired V12’s just 1000 K miles ago at a cost of 1250$. This car smells new and looks new as teh paint shines, i have all original book and papers plus all service records , also have the mini number “34” car magnetic door decals. Truely a rare mini combo that has been taken care of and lightly driven and ready to have fun. If you want more info on the MC40 package you can go to www.mc40.com to read all about the car and the package.

The sellers buy it now price is rather realistic, as most Cooper S models of this year, with around this kind of mileage, are bringing anywhere from $10,000 to $13,000 these days. For comparison I paid $15,000 for my 2006 Cooper S with 33,000 miles on the clock one year ago. I’ve only put 6,000 miles on the car last year, but I could see my car pulling maybe and extra $1,000 to $2,000 versus this example. Limited editions will always garner a little bit more cash and these MC40s are a neat throwback to the event which solidified the Mini’s place in competition history.


2006 MINI Cooper S JCW

Over the past six months, I’ve been enjoying my time with my 2006 MINI Cooper S. For me, living in an urban area, it is a perfect combination of size, performance and economy. However, owning a car like this always makes one wonder if it’s worth turning up the performance a notch or two. In it’s last year, MINI decided to breathe on the original R53 Cooper S and turn it into a quasi track special.

The Cooper S GP was assembled by Bertone in Italy and was unique in that the rear seat was removed, less sound deadening was included and air condition was optional. These features, along with others, saved about 80 pounds over the standard Cooper S. Reworked suspension, upgraded brakes and the John Cooper Works engine enhancement package were also part of the GP package. With a limited run of 2000 built and 415 brought to the US, it is one of the rarest MINI Coopers of the new generation to hit the streets. Here’s one for sale in Nashville at a reasonable price.

2006 MINI Cooper S JCW on eBay

The seller states:

2006 MINI Cooper Hardtop S w/JCW GP Kit (#515 of 2000). The rarest and fasted factory MINI Cooper ever made. This is number 515 of 2000 made for the world. Only 415 were brought into the USA and they do not change hands very often! Only 44,000 miles, nearly new Yokohama Parada tires indicate this was a very well cared for GP! These cars had all of the John Cooper Works mods including upgraded brakes, shocks, springs, swaybars, intake modifications and a full JCW exhaust.

This car also has an ALTA oil catch can to prevent any oil from entering the intercooler and FORGE fluid canisters. All of these parts made 218 HP and the most powerful R53 MINI Cooper made! The seats have been covered for most of their life, we removed them to make the car factory correct but will be included in the sale. The previous owner even added an extra GP correct wheel and tire to make the car capable of doing daily driver duty. Factory Limited Slip diff and heated front seats. Don’t miss out, these DO NOT come up for sale very often!

These GPs don’t come up for sale very often, and the asking price is about as low as I’ve seen one advertised for. It appears well cared for considering the mileage is slightly higher than what one would normally see on a collectable vehicle. My one gripe is the non-stock gearshift knob. It looks way too high and the red boot is a little garish. A suede shifter boot would look a lot better on a car like this. It may be a little wild for some in appearance, but this is a car whose classic status is already assured and would be great for the odd track day or two.


2003 MINI Cooper S, Original Owner, 37k Miles

OK, so it may be half German, but BMW had enough influence in the design of the new MINI in 2002 that I thought it wouldn’t hurt to include one, as it has been almost a year since we featured one here on GCFSB. Here we have an early example of the Cooper S with low miles being sold by its original owner.

The seller states:

I and the car are located in Seattle. I am the private owner and I have the clear title in my hand.

Here are the Carfax details (you will get a copy)

VIN: WMWRE33463TD62474
1.6L L4 FI DOHC 16V

No accident / damage reported to CARFAX

I am the private owner of this very low miles Mini Cooper S. It has 37,400 miles and comes with an after market Borla exhaust and K&N airfilter. The car has new brakes, brand new tires and a fully documented, paid check up inspection from a local Mini specialist. Mechanically, the car is perfect. I suspect it is one of the lower mileage 2003 Mini’s in the area. Car is black with dark grey interior. Fully loaded options to include iPhone jack and sunroof. However, no nav. Clean car fax. This has been our driver for the last few years. Never a problem. A very special low miles MINI S.

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Based on the year and mileage, it’s fair to say this example will probably sell in the $12k to $14k range. For those following this board, you might have seen my Mercedes-Benz C230 up for sale. I sold it to a close friend last week and purchased a 2006 Cooper S with the 6 speed manual for just a little over $15k. I’ve owned an E30 BMW 325is, two Volkswagen GTIs with the 2.0 engine and two Mercedes-Benz C230 sedans (a W202 and W203). This Cooper S is hands down my favorite car I have ever owned. It’s small without being cartoonish, the supercharged and intercooled engine provides effortless power in every gear and the handling is beyond reproach. I’ve bonded with this car in a way I never did with my last Mercedes. This much is certain, I won’t be letting the mighty Cooper S out of my grasp anytime soon. Hopefully this particular MINI featured here finds a good home.