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Monte Carlo limited-edition MINI then and now

MINI Cooper S MC40 MINI Monte-Carlo (2012)

According to Leftlane, MINI will produce a limited-edition MINI Cooper S Monte-Carlo for the European market only.  There will be just 200 made, each numbered on the side scuttle and steering wheel.  MINI rally legend Rauno Aaltonen signed each MINI.

Longtime MINI fans will remember that MINI USA sold the limited-edition 40th Anniversary MINI Cooper S Monte Carlo Rallye Commemorative Edition (better known as the MC40) back in 2004.  The MC40 was limited to 1,000 examples and each was individually numbered on a commemorative plaque with Paddy Hopkirk’s signature.

MINI Cooper S MC40 MINI Monte-Carlo
2004 Year 2012
MINI Cooper S (R53) Model MINI Cooper S (R56)
Chili Red and White Colors Chili Red and White
United States Market Europe
1,000 Production 200
Sport Package, R90 17″ Anthracite Cross Spoke Wheels, Dynamic Stability Control, 2 Driving Lights, 3-Spoke Leather Sport Steering Wheel, Front and Rear Fog Lights, Xenon Headlamps with Power Washers, Chrome Side-View Mirrors and Exterior Details, Commemorative “Rallye Monte Carlo” Body Decals, a GB Badge, Replica 33EJB Number Plate Decal, Magnetic #37 Door Panels, Carbon Fiber Dash, Matte Chrome Shift Knob with MC40 Pattern, Auxiliary Gauges, Special Red and Black Leather Rallye Seats, and an Individually Numbered Commemorative Plaque with Paddy Hopkirk’s Signature. Features White Racing Stripes and White Side Stripes, White 12-Spoke Wheels, 4 Driving Lights, Chrome Line Exterior, Fog Lights, Xenon Headlamps, White Painted Bonnet Scoop, White Painted Gas Cap Surround, “Monte-Carlo” stitched seats, Red and Black Two-Toned Steering Wheel, Numbered Monte-Carlo Keychain.

Options include: JCW Tuning Kit, JCW Aerodynamic Kit, JCW Brakes, Automatic Transmission.

$27,449 (US) Price €36,500 (Europe)

collectible of the day: Rauno Aaltonen autograph

Rauno Aaltonen autograph

Rauno Aaltonen
If you are a MINI fanatic and an autograph collector, there are a few names you want to have: John Cooper, Mike Cooper, Frank Stephenson, Gert Hildebrand, Phil Wicks, Paddy Hopkirk, and Rauno Aaltonen.

Today we feature the autograph of Rauno Aaltonen, “The Flying Finn” and legendary Mini rally champion.  If you attended any of the big MINI events such as Let’s MINI 2005, MINI Takes the States 2008, or MINI United 2009, you might have met him.


collectible of the day: Product Selling Points (November 2004)

Product Selling Points (November 2004)
When MINI USA wants to inform the dealerships of new products, the company issues Product Selling Points brochures.  This one from November 2004 covers two new products for the 2005 MINI Cooper S.

Product Selling Points
November 2004

MINI COOPER S WITH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION.
MINI COOPER S WITH LIMITED SLIP DIFFERENTIAL.

Inside, the stapled, 12 page brochure covers the features of the automatic transmission and limited slip differential (LSD) on a “test rally” by Finnish rallying legend Rauno Aaltonen.  Quotes by Rauno Aaltonen on the products are mixed with product descriptions, feature lists, and technical specifications.

The brochure Order No. is 05-Sauto.