A MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition has been launched in honour of the Northern Irish rally driver and the historic Monte Carlo Rally winning model.
The special edition is painted Chili Red with a white contrast roof and features the famous starting number 37 livery from the legendary 1964 car.
Priced from £27,405, just 100 cars are available to order now in the UK and the model is based on the MINI Cooper S 3-door Hatch.
Patrick ‘Paddy’ Hopkirk clinched the first victory behind the wheel of the classic Mini Cooper S number 37 at the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964.
Driving the small British car with his English co-pilot Henry Liddon, Hopkirk overcame the odds against competitors with significantly greater engine power.
The surprise win in Monte Carlo made Paddy Hopkirk the UK’s most famous rally driver overnight and the classic Mini advanced from outsider and crowd pleaser to becoming a motor racing legend.
Hopkirk’s Finnish team mates Timo Mäkinen and Rauno Aaltonen added two more outright victories to the title collection in the Mini Cooper S 37 in 1965 and 1967.
The Paddy Hopkirk Edition features 17-inch John Cooper Works light-alloy wheels in Track Spoke Black design. There are also exterior stickers with the inscription “Paddy Hopkirk Monte Carlo” and a single white bonnet stripe on the driver’s side which 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.
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 bonnet opening, door handles, fuel filler flap, tailgate handle, the MINI logos at the front and rear as well as the surrounds for the headlights and rear lights.
On the inside, the car features the motorsport inspired Alcantara John Cooper Works steering wheel.