Almost five years on, every time I slip behind the wheel of my 2006 MINI Cooper S, it still puts a smile on my face. I remember the first time I drove one of these supercharged pocket rockets almost a decade ago. I thought to myself “someday, you’ll be mine.” After four years of running a 2007 Mercedes-Benz C230, I finally had enough of the 7-speed automatic AKA the gearbox with a personality disorder. I was lusting after something more fun, and with a manual gearbox. And seeing how much my father enjoyed his 2002 MINI Cooper, I went to work in search of a final year R53 Cooper S. It’s been a fairly trouble free ownership experience and I don’t see myself selling it anytime soon.
Two years before the R53 hardtop disappeared, MINI payed homage to their past with the Cooper S MC40. Dedicated to Mini’s historic win at the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, this car was equipped with the Sport Package, driving lights, special interior trim, magnetic body decals and a numbered plaque with Paddy Hopkirk’s signature. One color was offered, Chili Red with a White roof. This MC40 for sale in Florida has just over 60,000 miles. Even with the limitless color and trim combinations MINI offers, this special edition is a good way to stand out from the crowd.
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.
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)
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….
Special 2 piece BBS alloys
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 $9,900 is in the ballpark for MINI prices even for a buyer who cares little about the limited nature of this edition.
Part of the allure of the MINI is the level to which one can personalize their car to stand out from the crowd. From roof graphics to wheels, the possibilities for kitting your car out are endless. Along with accessories, MINI has been known for the special edition versions. Variants such as the Park Lane, Mayfair and Mary Quandt editions were offered on the original Mini, and we have seen versions such as the Sidewalk and Camden with the new MINIs. To celebrate Mini’s 40th Anniversary of winning the Monte Carlo Rally, the MC40 was released. A limited run of 1,000 vehicles, this edition came in red with a white roof over red and black leather and finished the look with rally lights, 17″ anthracite finished wheels and magnetic graphics that included a 33-EJB number plate on the bonnet and “37” decals on the doors. This particular example also has the British flag roof graphic and tinted windows.
I have my Mini Cooper “S” MC40 PKG for sale that i have owned since 2006 and i am the second owner. The car has always been garaged and driven just 6 K miles since i bought it . It has all factory services done and was just in for a oil service and all checked out just fine. The Car is number 56/1000 being a special limited addition MC40 package to commemorate teh 40th anniversary of mini winning the monte carlo. The car has R90 wheels , two tone leather seats, carbon fiber , Cooper works interior package sport suspension, cooper works cold air box and engine cover,Mini Rally lights, union jack roof decal, windows just tinted and new tired V12’s just 1000 K miles ago at a cost of 1250$. 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.