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To commemorate the victory of the original MINI at the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally, MINI has really the limited run MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition.

04 Feb 2021 | Local News : Singapore

MINI Asia and Eurokars Habitat are proud to introduce five units of an exclusive special model to commemorate the first triumph of the classic Mini at the legendary Monte Carlo Rally in 1964 - the MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition - now available in the MINI Cooper S 3-Door and MINI Cooper S 5-Door variants.

57 years have passed, but memories of the great triumph achieved by the compact car with the starting number 37 have hardly faded. In 1964, the classic MINI Cooper S clinched the first of three overall victories at the legendary Monte Carlo Rally. At the wheel, the then 30-year old Northern Irish rally driver Patrick 'Paddy' Hopkirk.

Only five units of the MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition will be available in Singapore
In his honour, MINI now presents an edition model with exclusive design and equipment features to mark one of the most spectacular achievements in the history of international motor racing.

One unmistakable reminder of Hopkirk's coup in the classic MINI is the winning car's start number 37, which is featured in stylised form on the driver and passenger doors of the edition model. Like the famous starting number and the powerful engine, the body finish in Chili Red and the white roof of the edition model are inspired by the historical model.

Hopkirk's victorious run in the MINI Cooper S was frenetically celebrated by spectators on site and motor racing fans in the U.K. Driving the small British car with his English co-pilot Henry Liddon, Hopkirk overcame the odds against competitors with significantly greater engine power.

The handicap formula in force at the time meant that differences in weight and output within the starting field were compensated to a certain extent. But the crucial factors in the challenging chase over country roads and mountain passes, through ice snow, round tight corners and down steep slopes were the agility and reliability of the MINI Cooper S and Hopkirk's driving skills.

The special edition is inspired by Hopkirk's achivement in the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally
The surprise win in Monte Carlo made Paddy Hopkirk the U.K.'s most famous rally driver overnight. At the same time, the classic Mini advanced from outsider and crowd pleaser to being a motor racing legend. In the years that followed, the MINI Cooper S dominated the Monte Carlo Rally. Hopkirk's Finnish teammates Timo Makinen and Rauno Aaltonen added two more outright victories to the title collection in 1965 and 1967.

The winning streak at the Monte Carlo Rally continues to inspire MINI fans all over the world to this day. With the MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition, they now have the opportunity to express their passion for racing in a particularly authentic way.

The edition model combines its exterior paintwork in the style of the historic rally winner in a market-specific manner with 17-inch John Cooper Works light-alloy wheels in Track Spoke Black design and numerous other accentuations in dark colours.

The frame and horizontal brace of the radiator grille are finished in high-gloss black, as are the inserts for the lower air intakes, the opening in the bonnet, the door handles, the fuel filler flap, the tailgate handle, the MINI logos at the front and rear as well as the surrounds for the head lights and rear lights.
Other exclusive features that set the MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition apart from the standard MINI Cooper S variant include the John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit with rear spoiler, John Cooper Works Dinamica Leather Carbon Black upholstery, John Cooper Works steering wheel with paddle shifters, and an anthracite headliner for an extra sporty feel.

The MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition has many unique details all around the car, but none more visible than the big number 37 on both front doors
The start number 37 also appears on the side indicator elements known as side scuttles. Other unmistakable features on the exterior are the LED head lights and the rear lights in Union Jack design, stickers with the inscription 'Paddy Hopkirk Monte Carlo' and a single white bonnet stripe on the left side of the bonnet, which like the tailgate of the edition model bears the signature of the 1964 'Monte' winner.

In addition, the famous number and letter combination 33 EJB of the number plate of the 1964 Monte Carlo winning car is shown on the bonnet strip using 3D effect graphics. Hopkirk's signature also appears on the decorative trim strip on the passenger side, which forms part of the Piano Black high-gloss interior surfaces.

Another exclusive design feature is the MINI LED entry sills bearing the name 'Paddy Hopkirk'. The MINI Excitement Package and Comfort Access are also included in the MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition. Auxiliary head lights in Piano Black, a key cap with the start number 37, and the Waistline Finisher in Piano Black for the trim strips between the body and the greenhouse all come as standard.

Car Model Price as of press time (inclusive of COE)
MINI Cooper S 3-Door Paddy Hopkirk Edition (A) $173,888
MINI Cooper S 5-Door Paddy Hopkirk Edition (A) $176,888

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