CHICAGO – Continuing its drive to offer new varieties of its niche cult car, Mini USA says at the Chicago Auto Show here it will produce a limited-run model this year.
Limited-edition Mini Cooper S MC40 commemorates brand’s most memorable racing win.

The auto maker will produce 1,000 Mini Cooper S MC40 models for North America. The MC40 commemorates the original Mini’s underdog win of the 1964 Monte Carlo rally, the European race that put Mini in the annals of racing legend.

All MC40s will be the same color scheme as the original racing Mini – Chili red with a white roof. The engine will be the same 163-hp, supercharged 1.6L I-4 used for today’s standard Cooper S.

There are numerous exterior and interior details specific to the MC40 commemorative edition, including special alloy wheels and a center-console plaque signed by Paddy Hopkirk, the driver of the 1964 Monte Carlo rally-winning Mini Cooper.

Mini has yet to set a price for the new Mini Cooper S MC40, but says it expects it to be about $27,000.

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