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Mini Monte Carlo limited edition on European markets

Limited Edition MINI Monte Carlo, the queen of asphalt

On the occasion of his return to the rally with special involvement of the MINI Countryman WRC in the World Championship, MINI celebrated the historic victories of the mark on the Monte Carlo Rally with a special series called MINI Monte Carlo. With its red and white stripes these MINI Monte Carlo is the perfect evocation of what was the queen of rallies in 60 years. Another reminder of the past, not least, Rauno Aaltonen, the pilot famous victory of the monegasque ordeal in 1967, his signature on this limited series. A inside the MINI Monte Carlo is the same expression of sportsmanship. Red stitching, specific upholstery brodee "Edition Monte Carlo" decorative inserts a checkered red and white, flying two-tone black and red with numerote insert, door sill backlit "Monte Carlo" and confer a dignified atmosphere inside a small sport.

With these projectors long double-scope chrome, white Sport Stripes, his air intake on the hood, the short antenna and specific lateral gills repeating the numbering of the car, outside is no exception and underscores the 'sporty and elegant MINI. A keychain, too numerote produced only for this limited series will complement the exclusive package of MINI Monte Carlo.

MINI MINI would not be without accessories.

This exclusive version based on a MINI Cooper S will be limited to 200 copies and will also receive what range of accessories MINI John Cooper Works has more sporty. The John Cooper Works engine kit that will boost the power of a 200hp 184ch, the John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit, strut bar, brake kit John Cooper Works Exhaust tips chrome John Cooper Works rear spoiler or in carbon will, choice, fill the staffing series. 

MINI Monte Carlo is already available to order from € 36,500 and will be available in manual transmission or automatic transmission (optional).

1964 1967: the golden years of the Rallye Monte Carlo.

In Monte Carlo, the Mini Cooper S caused a sensation for the first time in 1962. Rauno Aaltonen With the Finn driving, agile small car could play David sowing phalanx significantly more powerful Goliath. But three kilometers from the finish line only, Aaltonen, who was then in the head, considered a wrong turn and ended the race in a barrel. A year later, his career was crowned with success: driving the Mini Cooper S, Aaltonen rallied on arrival as the winner of its category and third in the overall standings.

But it does not stop there: in the winter rally 1963/1964, the Mini Cooper S was full of power compared to its predecessor. In a spectacular race, Paddy Hopkirk picked up the victory in the general classification of the Monte Carlo Rally. Suddenly, the little sprinter was entry in the legend Motorsports. A year later, the Finn Timo Makinen repeated the triumph in Monte Carlo with his co-driver Paul Easter. He was the only driver plateau travel thousands of kilometers without any penalty point - despite the very difficult weather conditions. On this edition of Monegasque rally cars only 35 of 237 departing went through, three Mini Cooper S.

The following year, they wanted to try the triple. And indeed, Timo Makinen, Rauno Aaltonen and Paddy Hopkirk managed the impossible: three drivers rallied the arrival in the first, second and third position. But a bitter disappointment to follow. The first three Fallen saw their success, in fact the race stewards regarded codes main headlights Mini Cooper as not complying with the french settlement approval. This however changed nothing public enthusiasm for the three Mini drivers. Hopkirk, Aaltonen and Mäkinen entered the annals of the Monte Carlo Rally as the "three musketeers". And a year later already, Rauno Aaltonen was welcomed with great enthusiasm he scored the third victory in the Rally Monte Carlo assets of the Mini Cooper S. This time, there was nothing a fault to the car.

Source: Mini Europe

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