Britain had already developed a love affair with the Mini when the Cooper model debuted in 1961. Tuned by formula one constructor John Cooper, the extra power output of the sporty models made the most out of the Mini's incredible chassis. Handling was amazing, and the car soon became a hit with racers, famously winning the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, 1965 and 1967 against bigger and much more powerful opposition. The Mini Cooper's finest hour came in 1969 with the famous British crime movie The Italian Job, where a trio of red, white and blue Mini Coopers were driven through the sewers of Turin in a dramatic stunt sequence. The original Cooper died in 1971, but Rover reintroduced the model name in 1990 with essentially the same car, almost 30 years after it had made its debut. The last Mini rolled off the production line in Birmigham, England, in October 2001.
Mini Cooper Specifications
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