Lot 246 - 2006 Mini Cooper S Works GP
|Odometer reading||72,150 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £14,000|
|Result||Sold - £13,584|
- Registration 'R50 GP' included
- One of only 444 UK cars produced
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.
This car has often referred to as ‘The Ultimate Mini’ and has been well cared for, it is completely original and is presented with both sets of keys. All the GP's were numbered and this car is number 930. The car has covered just 72,150 miles, it presents in superb condition and very exciting to drive.
The optional extras include a unique Thunder Blue body colour with silver roof and contrasting red mirror caps, a unique Aero kit, carbon fibre rear wing, a wing spoiler and under body panelling for improved aerodynamics, unique 18″ lightweight wheels and unique anthracite speedometer and revolution counter dials. With regular specialist servicing to date as well as an MoT test certificate valid until September 2020, 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 'R5O GP'; a real bonus for this car. Modern build quality with racing characteristics, sounds like fun to me!
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