Mini has offered rally racing legend Patrick “Paddy” Hopkirk one of the initially distinctive edition Cooper S types influenced by his thrilling victory at the 1964 Rally Monte Carlo. The Paddy Hopkirk Restricted Version has a creation operate of just 100 models in the U.K., with “a couple hundred” much more coming to the U.S.
Fifty-6 many years in the past, the authentic Morris Mini Cooper S accomplished the unthinkable with Hopkirk and navigator Henry Liddon at the rear of the wheel of a Mk I. It received the Rally Monte Carlo total. The race snaked through the French Alps and finished with laps all over the Monaco Grand Prix circuit, but the Mini’s nimbleness and little measurement and proved to be benefits in the snowy and slim mountain roads. It was a incredible feat from much more powerful opponents from Mercedes-Benz, Saab, Volvo, Citroën and Ford’s V8 Falcon.
Hopkirk phone calls it a “David and Goliath” victory, in particular with the funds other automakers were being paying on the event. “We were being crushed by the large American vehicles down the straights, but we would conquer them on the twisty bits!” he reminisced upon using delivery.
The Paddy Hopkirk Restricted Version sees no effectiveness updates, maintaining the turbocharged, 2.-liter four-cylinder able of 189 horsepower and 207 pound-toes of torque. The two 6-speed manuals and a seven-speed automatic are offered, but the issue that sets it aside are the Chili Pink and white roof colorway with the variety 37 on the doors, a tribute to the winning rally car’s livery. An offset white hood stripe with the code “33 EJB” in it hearkens back to Hopkirk’s car’s registration variety.
“I’m so flattered to have a Mini named in my honor.” Hopkirk explained upon acquiring the automobile. “Motorsport is very long at the rear of me now and for my get at the Monte Carlo Rally to be remembered in this way is a fantastic thrill and honor.”