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A car produced by Mini and also marketed by Austin and Morris. The original was a performance version of the Mini produced from 1959-2000, the original Cooper models were produced from 1961-1971 and 1990-2000, and the modern versions began in 2001.

Awards and Acknowledgements include:
The 2002 Cooper was #16 on USA Today's "25 cars that made a difference" list (Cars, trucks with impact, 2007)

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Automotive Industries page on 2 July 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Issigonis' friend John Cooper, owner of the Cooper Car Company and designer and builder of Formula One and rally cars, saw the potential of the Mini for competition. Issigonis was initially reluctant to see the Mini in the role of a performance car, but after John Cooper appealed to BMC management, the two men collaborated to create the Mini Cooper. The Austin Mini Cooper and Morris Mini Cooper debuted in September 1961.

The 848 cc (51.7 cu in) engine from the Morris Mini-Minor was given a longer stroke to increase capacity to 997 cc (60.8 cu in) increasing power from 34 to 55 bhp (25 to 41 kW). The car featured a race-tuned engine, twin SU carburettors, a closer-ratio gearbox and front disc brakes, uncommon at the time in a small car. One thousand units of this version were commissioned by management, intended for and designed to meet the homologation rules of Group 2 rally racing. The 997 cc engine was replaced by a shorter stroke 998 cc unit in 1964. In 1962, Rhodesian John Love became the first non-British racing driver to win the British Saloon Car Championship driving a Mini Cooper.

A more powerful Mini Cooper, dubbed the "S", was developed in tandem and released in 1963. Featuring a 1071 cc engine with a 70.61 mm bore and nitrided steel crankshaft and strengthened bottom end to allow further tuning; and larger servo-assisted disc brakes, 4,030 Cooper S cars were produced and sold until the model was updated in August 1964. Cooper also produced two S models specifically for circuit racing in the under 1,000 cc and under 1,300 cc classes respectively, rated at 970 cc (59 cu in) and a 1,275 cc (77.8 cu in), both had a 70.61 mm (2.780 in) bore and both were also offered to the public. The smaller-engine model was not well received, and only 963 had been built when the model was discontinued in 1965. The 1,275 cc Cooper S models continued in production until 1971.

Sales of the Mini Cooper were as follows: 64,000 Mark I Coopers with 997 cc or 998 cc engines; 19,000 Mark I Cooper S with 970 cc, 1,071 cc or 1,275 cc engines; 16,000 Mark II Coopers with 998 cc engines; 6,300 Mark II Cooper S with 1,275 cc engines. There were no Mark III Coopers and just 1,570 Mark III Cooper S.

In 1971, the Mini Cooper design was licensed in Italy by Innocenti and in 1973 to Spain by Authi (Automoviles de Turismo Hispano-Ingleses), which began to produce the Innocenti Mini Cooper 1300 and the Authi Mini Cooper 1300, respectively. The Cooper name was discontinued from the UK Mini range at this time.

A new Mini Cooper named the RSP (Rover Special Products) was briefly relaunched in 1990–91, with slightly lower performance than the 1960s Cooper. It proved popular and a new Cooper-marked Mini went into full production in late 1991. To meet emission standards, Coopers from 1992 on were fitted with a fuel-injected version of the 1,275 cc engine, and in 1997 a multi-point fuel injected engine was introduced, along with a front-mounted radiator and various safety improvements. "I love my Mini Cooper," remarked Madonna in 2003. "I was too scared to drive a big car in London."


Photographs

1964 Mini Cooper Vintage Racing 2004 Zippo United States Vintage Grand Prix
Photo by Nathan Bittinger

#15 - 1964 Austin Cooper-S (1071cc)
Andy Russell
Charlotte, NC

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1965 Mini Cooper Vintage Racing 2004 Zippo United States Vintage Grand Prix
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#91 - 1965 Austin Cooper S (1300cc)
Will Thomas
New Fairfield, CT

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1965 Mini Cooper Vintage Racing 2004 Zippo United States Vintage Grand Prix
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#176 - 1965 Mini Cooper-S (1300cc)
Ted Andersson
Reysterstown, MD

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1965 Mini Cooper Vintage Racing 2004 Zippo United States Vintage Grand Prix
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#4 - 1965 Mini Cooper-S (1293cc)
Kurt Bissell
Columbia, CT

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1967 Mini Cooper Vintage Racing 2004 Zippo United States Vintage Grand Prix
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#30 - 1967 Austin Cooper-S (1293cc)
Lincoln Kinsman
Hamilton, ON

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1967 Mini Cooper Vintage Racing 2004 Zippo United States Vintage Grand Prix
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#42 - 1967 Morris Cooper-S (1310cc)
Jim Fuerstenberg
Arlington Heights, IL

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Mini Cooper SCCA H-Stock Solo II SCCA H-Stock, Solo II
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Mini Cooper Model Car Tamiya kit
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Mini Cooper Wienermobile Wienermobile
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2013 The Cars Time Forgot
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Multimedia

2007

Mini Cooper S
Producer:  Martin Lukanz, Luxmedia, MotorNewsTV
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12 February 2007
2007 Mini Cooper R56 Review
Woofcast #133

It’s the Gabe Bridger show. First, he wants to make sure all y’all know who we are, then he talked about his time in the R56.
Don’t worry, db does wear pants while podcasting. Really. No, really, I do! I swear.
Don’t forget to check out all of the R56 coverage over at Motoringfile, including another audio review that will be going up on Tuesday.
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20 April 2007
Robert Reviews the R56 Cooper

Robert’s JCW MINI is in for some warranty repair, so he gets an R56 Cooper as a loaner!
He has a great time driving it and managed to put quite a bit of kilometers on it.
Awesome review. Definitely worth checking out, especially if you are looking at an R56 Cooper!
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21 April 2007
R56 Cooper S Review

Robert motors with his friend Dwayne in his brand new R56 MCS.
Another great perspective of what is obviously a great car!
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11 April 2011
Woofcast #375

Once upon a time there was a blog post. A blog post extolling the virtues of the Fiat 500 over the MINI Cooper.
Then 1 day, 3 fine lads heard about this blog post. And they came to defend their champion. As did 75 of you.
That’s right, your 3 favorite MINI Cooper fan boys doing what we do best for 42 minutes and 54 seconds. And then some.
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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
28 November 1966NHTSA Recall 66V028000 Austin Healey 1100, Austin Healey Mini, Isuzu Pickup Truck, MG 1100, Morris 1100, Morris Cooper, Morris Cooper S, Morris Cooper Saloon, Morris Mini Van, Morris Moke, Riley Elf, Vanden Plas 1100, Wolseley Hornet
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
March 2003Potential Safety Defects Investigation / Vehicle to Vehicle
2002 Mini Cooper
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,887KB - 21 pages
21 July 2003Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS No. 216: Roof Crush Resistance
2003 Mini Cooper, Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 3.6MB - 49 pages
August 2003Inflatable Side Air Curtain Investigation / Vehicle to Object
2003 Mini Cooper S three-door hatchback
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2,780KB - 22 pages
25 September 2003Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS No. 110(Indicant): Tire Selection and Rims
2003 BMW Mini Cooper Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1.9MB - 25 pages
4 November 2003Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 225: Child Restraint Anchorage Systems (Lower and Tether Anchorages)
2003 Mini Cooper, Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 7.5MB - 76 pages
24 May 2004Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 118: Power-Operated Window, Partition, And Roof Panel Systems
2004 Mini Cooper 2 Door Coupe
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 326KB - 32 pages
29 June 2004Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 111: Rearview Mirrors (Other Than School Buses)
2004 Mini Cooper 2 Door Coupe
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1.6MB - 66 pages
31 August 2004Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 207: Seating Systems
2004 BMW Mini Cooper 2-Door Coupe
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 22.6MB - 106 pages
May 2006On-Site Side Impact Inflatable Occupant Protection Investigation
Vehicle - 2006 Mini Cooper
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,685KB - 17 pages
30 April 2008Vehicle Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 208, Occupant Crash Protection; FMVSS 212, Windshield Mounting; FMVSS 219, Windshield Intrustion (Partial); FMVSS 301, Fuel System Integrity
2007 BMW Mini Cooper Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 18.8MB - 358 pages
September 2010FMVSS 135 Safety Compliance Testing: Light Vehicle Brake Systems
2010 Mini Cooper, 2-Door Coupe
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 20.8MB - 75 pages
9 February 2011Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS Electronic Stability Control Systems
2010 Mini Cooper
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 15.1MB - 82 pages


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Hot Wheels 24386-1911Mini Cooper2000 First Editions, small scale, yellow w/checker roof
Die Cast - Welly 9851WMini Cooper1:18 scale, yellow w/white roof


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
9 February 2003Mini Mania, the leading supplier of aftermarket and performance products for the BMW MINI Cooper has started to ship their new Limited Slip Differential.Mini Mania
15 October 2003Banned by BMW: Under the Heat of BMW legal team, T-shirt designer draws fire for MINI Cooper inspired T-shirts.MINISWAG
3 February 2004DEKRA Emissioncheck Announces the 2004 MINI COOPER Sweepstakes in GA and TXDEKRA Emissioncheck Inc.
25 July 2006First MINI GP Presented To New OwnerJenny McLane
12 August 2006Cooper and Cooper S Amazing Upgrade, TheJoe Thompson
4 October 2007Cars.com Names Best Car For City DriversAnthony Fontanelle
21 September 2009The Brilliant Mini Cooper Research ProgramDirk Gibson
7 July 2011Mini Cooper News And Info|Mini Cooper News - We've Acquired The Skinny on the Subsequent Mini>Lamont Yates
9 July 2012The 2013 MINI - or is it a MAXI? Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
10 October 2012eFusion MMOG GmbH offre aux joueurs la chance de remporter une BMW Mini Cooper sur Dragon Nest Europe eFusion MMOG
5 March 2013Dragon Nest Europe enfin lancé ! eFusion MMOG
27 June 2013BMW of North America, LLC, a Subsidiary of BMW AG, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Claude H. Harris)
2 November 2013Simple Pleasures Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
18 November 2013A New Original - The Latest MINI Hatch Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
19 November 2013This Is The New Mini and It's Even Bigger Than The Last One Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
13 December 2013Is The New Mini Really As Big As The Original Range Rover? Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
20 December 2013Mini To Showcase The New JCW In Detroit Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
25 March 2014What's So Special About Mini Cooper Repair?Eli Gali
4 June 2014Here's The Five Door MINI Hatch Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
20 March 2015NHTSA Safety Complaint 10695554: 2002 Mini Cooperanonymous
1 September 2015BMW of North America, Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey M. Giuseppe)
5 November 2015BMW of North America, Inc., Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey M. Giuseppe)
19 February 20162003 Mini Cooper S (R53) Review (And How I Came To Buy It) Matthew Hubbard, Speedmonkey
10 August 2016MINI Cooper Owners Settle Class Action Regarding Water Pump FailureStephen M. Harris & Robert L. Starr, Attorneys at Law


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