Lot 249 - 2006 BMW Mini GP Cooper S JCW
|Odometer reading||62,179 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £15,000|
The Mini needs little introduction; from the early days of the Mk. I and Mk. II through to the acquisition of Austin Rover by BMW and the advent of the newer, beefier, Mini. As is the way of things, quick versions were always popular. John Cooper Works (JCW), based in Hampshire, founded by Michael Cooper, son of John Cooper, produced tuning parts and accessories for the new Mini.
The ultimate incarnation of the upgrades offered by JCW was an entire car commonly referred to as the GP. This used the supercharged Tritec engine. It was a lightweight, quasi-race-prepared John Cooper Works model hand-finished by Bertone in Italy and offered as a limited-production run of 2,000 cars during 2006 with only 444 ending up on UK soil. Supplied with Recaro front seats (nothing in the rear apart from a stiffening bar), it also boasted a recalibrated engine management system with intercooler to aid the turbo-charged engine post excellent times on the circuit. Advanced braking, advanced suspension geometry, free-flowing exhaust and a smooth underbody all helped. Even the throttle was a drive-by-wire item and, combined, with other driver aids, made for a formidable weapon.
Assembled in Bertone, Italy from a ‘body-in-white’ kit manufactured at the Mini plant in Oxford, England, it was supplied to a collector in West Sussex. What is often called, ‘The Ultimate Mini’ has been well cared for, is completely original and comes with both sets of keys. All the GP's were numbered; this car is number 930 and has covered just 57,000 miles, presents in superb condition and very exciting to drive. Optional extras include a unique Thunder Blue body colour with silver roof and contrasting red mirror caps, a unique aero kit, carbon fiber rear wing, a wing spoiler and underbody panelling for improved aerodynamics, unique 18″ lightweight wheels and unique anthracite speedometer & revolution counter dials. With regular specialist servicing to date as well as an MoT test certificate valid for 11 months, the correct John Cooper Works owner’s pack can also be found in the history file and the overall condition is excellent. Also included in the sale of this BMW Mini is the fantastic registration number R5OGP; a real bonus for this car. Modern build quality with racing characteristics; sounds like fun to me!