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Mini creates Cooper S inspired by Paddy Hopkirk

Paying tribute to the legendary rally driver and his plucky little car

In 1964, the No. 37 Mini driven by Paddy Hopkirk won the Monte Carlo rally. PHOTO FROM MINI

Legends should never die. After all, the essence of a legend is to inspire future generations. British marque Mini is paying tribute to Monte Carlo Rally-racing great Patrick “Paddy” Hopkirk with a special edition creation named after him.

It was 1964 when the Northern Irish Hopkirk competed in the prestigious Monte Carlo Rally with his copilot, Henry Liddon. Inside his Mini Cooper S race car, Hopkirk overcame great odds as he battled it out on country roads, through winding uphill and downhill passes under unfavorable conditions versus more powerful opponents.

The legendary rally driver proved that brute engine power doesn't always win rallies. PHOTO FROM MINI

It was glorious proof of the Mini’s agility, dependability, and weight-to-power ratio combined with Hopkirk’s amazing driving skill that led to this unforgettable victory. The number 37 displayed on his race car will forever remain synonymous to that great moment in motorsports history. The Mini team continued to bring home the title in the famous rally for two more years with Hopkirk’s teammates Timo Mäkinen and Rauno Aaltonen.

The Paddy Hopkirk edition of the Mini Cooper S honors this much-loved icon with exclusive equipment and features that are undoubtedly linked to the original car Hopkirk piloted in Monte Carlo. For starters, the number 37 is found on both sides of the car. Of course, staying true to the original, the Hopkirk edition comes in the classic Chili Red body color, white roof, and an off-center white racing stripe on the hood.

The Paddy Hopkirk upgrade is available in both the three- and five-door body styles. PHOTO FROM MINI

This special edition will be offered in the Mini Cooper S three-door, five-door, and John Cooper Works versions. Said models will sport a number of dark exterior accents including 17-inch John Cooper Works light alloy wheels in Track Spoke Black design or 18-inch John Cooper Works forged wheels in a matte Cross Spoke Jet Black design. High-gloss black finishing will include the frame and horizontal brace of the front grille, the hood scoop mouth, lower air ducts, door handles, fuel filler flap, tailgate handle, the outline of the headlamps and taillights, and the front/rear Mini badges.

Other notable features are the Union Jack design found on the LED headlamps and rear lights, and signatures of Hopkirk on the driver’s side hood stripe and tailgate. In addition, the plate number of the winning car (33 EJB) is printed on the white hood stripe using 3D-effect graphics. Upon closer inspection, the number 37 also appears on the side scuttles and the C-pillars are adorned with “Paddy Hopkirk” and “1964” decals.

This thing has "Paddy Hopkirk" literally written all over it. PHOTOS BY MINI

Stepping into the interior, you’ll be greeted by the LED entry sills highlighting the famed rally driver’s name. The cabin has a fair share of high-gloss piano black trim and Hopkirk’s signature is found once more on the piano black dashboard strip on the passenger side.

Customers can further personalize their Hopkirk-edition Mini to make the car feel extra special. To complement individual tastes while optimizing comfort and driving pleasure, an extensive range of optional extras is made available. In addition, the Mini Comfort Access and Excitement Package are also standard equipment in the Hopkirk edition.

We're sure Mr. Hopkirk could drive this thing flat out. PHOTO FROM MINI

The Mini Cooper S Paddy Hopkirk Edition will be available in select markets starting this October. Will these exciting special creations from the famed British small car manufacturer make it to our shores? We surely hope so.

Manskee Nascimento

Manskee is a music-loving petrolhead who specializes in car care. He finds peace in long drives to and from his home in La Union.