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60 Years Of MINI Limited Editions

To celebrate the 60 year anniversary for MINI, which is happening this year, we have created a video showing at least one limited edition for each year.

List of limited edition MINI cars from 1976 to 2020

1. 1976 Mini 1000 'Stripey' LE

“If ever a car has earned its stripes, it’s the Mini,” said the advert for the first Limited Edition Mini.

The striped cloth upholstery was the height of 1970s fashion and the Brooklands Green Mini boasted many new features like reclining front seats and improved air vents.

2. 1979 Mini 20

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Mini production, the Mini 1100 Special, with its1098cc engine, came in metallic silver or rose and had alloy wheels, tinted glass, cut-pile carpets, extra instruments, and a vinyl roof which was a sure sign of luxury.

No wonder the adverts said, “You take the Daimler dear, I’ll drive the Mini.”  

3. 1982 Mini Mayfair

The first of the “London” Minis, although not a limited edition, the Mayfair first appeared in 1982, continuing in production until 1996.

Boasting seats in ‘Raschelle’ velour, with door-to-door carpets, and a push-button radio, the Mayfair was described as having the “Chic of the Devil”. Later versions also offered alloy wheels among the optional extras.

1976 Mini 1000 'Stripey' LE

1976 Mini 1000 'Stripey' LE

1979 Mini 20

1979 Mini 20

1982 Mini Mayfair

1982 Mini Mayfair

4. 1983 Mini Sprite

The Sprite recalled the spirit of Austin Healy Sprite. It came either in Cinnabar Red or Primula Yellow and had black bumpers, grille, and wheel arch extensions, as well as a side stripe and Sprite logo.

It boasted alloy wheels and came with herringbone fabric upholstery.

5. 1984 Mini 25

1984 was the silver anniversary of Mini production, so the special edition naturally came in Silver Leaf Metallic, with Nimbus Grey trim.

A red decal stripe and Mini 25 logo adorned the sides while the interior was in luxury velvet with red piping and red seatbelts. 12-inch wheels and a stereo radio cassette came as standard

6. 1985 Mini Ritz

“Not everybody gets to live it up in the Ritz,” declared the advertisement for the Mini Ritz, evoking the luxurious hotel. Launched in January 1985  and limited to 2,200 cars, the Ritz came in Silver Leaf with chrome detailing and red decals.

The interior was a stylish combination of red, blue, and grey velour, and it boasted 12-inch alloy wheels. When stocks sold out they gave way to the Mini Chelsea.

1983 Austin Mini Sprite. 1000cc

1983 Mini Sprite

1984 Mini 25

1984 Mini 25

1985 Mini Ritz

1985 Mini Ritz

7. 1985 Mini Chelsea

Hot on the heels of the Ritz special edition came the Chelsea, now also available in Targa Red, and adding opening rear windows to the 12-inch alloy wheels.

The Chelsea sought to evoke the spirit of the “Swinging Sixties” while simultaneously appealing to the “Yuppy” market in the eighties with the slightly clunky phrase “From flower power to power, flower”.

8. 1986 Mini Piccadilly

“Another glittering West End production” is how the Mini Piccadilly was introduced to the world, and in Cashmere Gold Metallic with the Piccadilly logo on the rear and sides, it was certainly glittering.

The interior was upholstered in Bitter Chocolate, Coffee, and Claret, velvet fabric with embroidered Piccadilly logo.

9. 1987 Mini Park Lane

The stylish black paintwork of the Park Lane with decal stripes, ‘Park Lane’ logo and chrome trim gave the next of the ‘London’ series of special edition Minis. Black and beige velvet trim with matching beige seatbelts graced the interior.

Four thousand were built of which two-and-a-half thousand were for export with seven-hundred of those going to Japan, where the Mini had become very popular.

1985 Mini Chelsea

1985 Mini Chelsea

1986 Mini Piccadilly

1986 Mini Piccadilly

1987 Mini Park Lane Edition

1987 Mini Park Lane

10. 1987 Mini Advantage

Originally another in the ‘London’ series, the ‘Wimbledon’; the All England Lawn Tennis Association squashed plans for giving a car with that name a tennis theme.

Perhaps this led to the car being launched in May at the French Open? Diamond White paintwork, grey trim, tennis net decals featuring the ‘Advantage’ logo, and the green and grey ‘Tennis Net’ interior would have made this a hit with tennis fans. The promotional image, apparently inspired by a famous tennis poster wouldn’t be acceptable these days though.

11. 1988 Mini Racing

One of several limited-edition Minis based around different colours; the Mini Racing was, of course, metallic British Racing Green with a white roof.

It had white coach lines and the ‘Racing’ logo on the sides and black ‘Crayons’ fabric interior. Also out in 1988 were the ‘Red Hot’ (GPO Red) and ‘Jet Black’, while they were joined in 1989 by ‘Sky’ and ‘Rose’ which had baby blue and baby pink roofs and white bodywork, and the Flame (Flame Red). They were advertised with the slogan, “At last, the Sixties.”

12. 1989 Mini 30

In June 1989 the Mini 30 was unveiled for the 30th anniversary of the Mini. Available in Cherry Red or Black with decals and badge featuring a 1959-1989 crest.

The upholstery was part leather with red piping and it came with a leather-bound copy of Rob Golding's book "Mini".

1987 Mini Advantage

1987 Mini Advantage

1988 Mini Racing

1988 Mini Racing

1989 Mini 30

1989 Mini 30

13. 1990 Mini Checkmate

One a further series of ‘Colours’ specials, along with the ‘Racing Green’ (1989) and ‘Flame Red’ (1990) all had white roofs, decals, chrome bumpers, black grilles, and Minilite alloy wheels.

The Checkmate was identical to the others except for the colour, Black, and the ‘Checkmate’ logo on the decals.

14. 1991 Mini Neon

The Mini Neon came in Metallic Nordic Blue although according to one source, this was intended to be Pearlescent Caribbean Blue.

The seats had chevron faced velour and in the midst of a global recession the extras were a little sparse. You did however get a digital stereo radio cassette player and hinged rear windows.

15. 1992 Mini Italian Job

Obviously inspired by the 1969 movie of the same name which featured red, white, and blue Mini Cooper S’s, this limited edition 1,275cc ‘Italian Job’ was based on the Mayfair, and was available in Flame Red, Diamond White, and Electric Blue, plus Metallic British Racing Green.

Twin headlamps, white grille, white alloy wheels, and bonnet stripes gave this car a unique and stunning look.

1990 Mini Checkmate (1)

1990 Mini Checkmate

1991 Mini Neon

1991 Mini Neon

1992 Mini Italian Job (1)

1992 Mini Italian Job

16. 1993 Mini Rio

Seeking to evoke the feeling of summer fun driving the Rio came in Metallic Polynesian Turquoise, Pearlescent Caribbean Blue, and Black, with a jazzy seat covers on ‘Rover style’ seats.

‘Rio’ decals and chrome bumpers adorned this 1275cc uprated Mayfair. Limited to 750 cars, launched in June, this then gave way to the Tahiti launched in October.

17. 1993 Mini Tahiti

The Mini Tahiti was, to all intents and purposes a Mini Rio in Pearlescent Tahiti Blue and with a different set of decals and seat covers.

Having said that, this one did come with alloy wheels as well. Both Rio and Tahiti also came with the VIN etched into the windows, locking fuel filler cap, and a security coded entertainment system.

18. 1994 Mini 35

Another anniversary arrived in 1994. The Mini marque was now 35 years old and the commemorative car was a buffed-up Sprite available in Nevada Red, Diamond White, and Arizona Blue.

There were chrome bumpers and handles, and a spectacularly vibrant pink and grey ‘Jamboree’ seat trim. Alloy wheels were an optional extra.

1993 Mini Rio

1993 Mini Rio

1993 Mini Tahiti

1993 Mini Tahiti

1994 Mini 35 (1)

1994 Mini 35

19. 1995 Mini Sidewalk / Mini Tartan

The Mini Sidewalk came in a choice of Metallic Charcoal, Kingfisher Blue, or Diamond White paintwork with chrome bumpers and ‘Sidewalk’ decals. The interior was in a red and blue tartan which gave the car its nickname.

The seatbelts were bright red to match the tartan and this was the first special edition with rear inertia reel seatbelts.

20. 1996 Mini Cooper 35

Celebrating thirty-five years since the Austin Mini Cooper and Morris Mini Cooper debuted in 1961, the Mini Cooper 35 came in the same almond green of the first Coopers although the engine was now 1275cc rather than 987cc.

Decals featured the words “Mini Cooper 1961-1996 Anniversary Edition”, charcoal painted 12inch alloy wheels came as standard. Only 200 were built for the UK and, of these a handful had the John Cooper S treatment.

21. 1997 Mini Cooper S Sport 5

Based on the Mini Cooper, this John Cooper Garages conversion ramped up the power to 86 bhp and employed a 5-speed Jack Knight Designs gearbox as standard.

It was available in a full range of classic Mini colours for the exterior and featured a half leather interior with several full leather options. Cooper badging front and rear with side decals, wide bonnet stripes and twin auxiliary headlamps add to the sporty feel.

1995 Mini Sidewalk Mini Tartan

1995 Mini Sidewalk / Mini Tartan

1996 Mini Cooper 35

1996 Mini Cooper 35

1997 Mini Cooper S Sport 5

1997 Mini Cooper S Sport 5

22. 1998 Mini Paul Smith

A ‘designer’ Mini from Paul Smith in unique ‘Paul Smith Blue’ with citrus ‘UK map’ badge on the grille, a 9ct gold bonnet badge and black leather seats with citrus and blue detailing in the interior.

Only 300 of the 1,800 production run remained in the UK; most went to Japan.

23. 1999 Mini 40

Only 800 limited edition 40th anniversary Minis were built. There were seven colour options with matching leather interior and 40th anniversary badging and decals.

Other refinements included  leather facia top, gear knob, and handbrake, CD Player, 13-inch Sportspack wheels and arches, and twin spotlamps.

24. 2000 Mini Cooper Sport 500

A limited run of 500 of the very last Mini Coopers included a plaque in the glove box indicating that fact. Customers also received an exclusive Mini merchandise goody bag.

Available in four classic Mini colours with Nickel Silver leather seats, the very last Mini rolled off the Longbridge production line on 4th October 2000

1998 Mini Paul Smith (1)

1998 Mini Paul Smith

1999 Mini 40

1999 Mini 40

2000 Mini Cooper Sport 500

2000 Mini Cooper Sport 500

Start of 'New' MINI production

1. 2002 Launch Edition MINI Cooper

New owners BMW introduced the new MINI Hatch in 2000/2001 and quickly followed up with a Cooper version in 2002 which, as you would expect had a white roof as well as a number of improvements particularly to the performance.

Most importantly it continued the Cooper tradition into the new generation.

2. 2005 MINI Cooper S Checkmate

In 2005 with MINIs fortunes flying high, but the first generation in dire need of a revamp, they produced three fully loaded special editions.

The Checkmate offered silver and blue leather interior and distinctive checker designs on the metallic blue exterior as well as some further refinements.

3. 2005 MINI Cooper Park Lane

The Park Lane featured metallic Royal Grey paintwork with a silver roof and bonnet stripes, as well as special graphics.

The interior benefited from exclusive leather trim, and 16-inch alloys, auto air-con, an on-board computer and front sports seats came as standard.

2002 Launch Edition MINI Cooper (1)

2002 Launch Edition MINI Cooper

2005 MINI Cooper S Check Mate

2005 MINI Cooper S Checkmate

2005 MINI Cooper Park Lane (1)

2005 MINI Cooper Park Lane

4. 2005 MINI One SEVEN

The MINI One Seven featured an exclusive paint job in metallic Solar Red with Mini Seven decals. The interior was finished in ‘Seven’ cloth and trim with a leather sports steering wheel.

Other standard features included fifteen-inch delta spoke alloy wheels, automatic stability control and traction (ASC+T), rear spoiler, front fog-lights, manual air conditioning, on board computer.

5. 2006 MINI GP

2,000 MINI GPs were built of which 500 were destined for the UK.

Essentially a road-legal version of the Cooper S Challenge race cars, with removed rear seats, it came with eighteen-inch alloys, a large (wind tunnel tested) spoiler, and a Cooper tuned engine which delivered 215 bhp, the most powerful factory MINI.

6. 2007 MINI Designer’s Choice

300 of these cars were built for the Japanese market. 100 were based on the Cooper, and 200 on the Cooper S. It came in Astro Black with a white roof featuring a black graphic which was repeated on the grille badge.

White 5- spoke alloy wheels, and Panther black interior in cloth/leather for the Cooper and full leather for the Cooper S came as standard.

2005 MINI One SE7EN

2005 MINI One SEVEN

2005 MINI GP

2006 MINI GP

MINI Designer’s Choice 2007

2007 MINI Designer’s Choice

7. 2008 MINI Convertible Sidewalk

The Sidewalk enjoyed a host of options, based on the One, Cooper, or Cooper S. Four exterior colours, leather upholstery, 17-inch light alloy wheels, and special ‘Sidewalk’ interior trim.

It has a host of additional features as standard including Automatic Stability Control and Traction, sports seats, and front fog lamps.

8. 2009 MINI Mayfair and MINI Camden

‘What a birthday, It’s MINI’. 2009 saw the fiftieth anniversary of Mini and was accompanied by two special edition trims.

The brown Mayfair and the white Camden both had a white roof, chrome trims, anthracite wheel arches, and the 50th anniversary badge on the grille. Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show and available from September of that year, the names continued a tradition of using London boroughs. Camden had become decidedly trendy by this time.

9. 2009 MINI One Graphite

Perhaps the most obvious selling point of the MINI Graphite was its ‘Dark Silver’ metallic paint which was previously only available on the top spec Cooper S and John Cooper Works MINIs.

The Graphite also boasted piano black interior trim, special badges, white indicator lenses, bonnet stripes, and alloy wheels.

2008 MINI Convertible Sidewalk

2008 MINI Convertible Sidewalk

Camdenmini000 opta

2009 MINI Mayfair and MINI Camden
 

Mini cooper graphite

2009 MINI One Graphite

10. 2010 MINI Countryman Rally Edition

Also known as MINI Countryman WRC (World Rally Championship) this was a racing version of the Cooper S ALL4 developed with Prodrive with a 1.6 turbocharged engine.

The car was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October 2010.

11. 2011 MINI One Hatch Pimlico

Another MINI bearing the name of a London borough; the Pimlico came with Laser Blue metallic paint as standard which had previously been exclusive to the MINI Cooper S and John Cooper Works.

They also had 16-inch twin spoke alloy wheels, Piano Black interior trim, white indicators, and MINI Pimlico special edition badging.

12. 2011 MINI Soho

The Soho celebrated the famous district of London’s West End, and, like the Pimlico, was only available from March 2011 – March 2012.

It had White Silver metallic paint, 17-inch Black Star Bullet alloys, xenon headlights with black interior reflectors and white indicators. The interior was in Piano Black.

2010 MINI Countryman Rally Edition (1)

2010 MINI Countryman Rally Edition

2011 MINI One Hatch Pimlico

2011 MINI One Hatch Pimlico

MINI Soho

2011 MINI Soho

13. 2012 MINI GP II

The next iteration of the John Cooper Works GP arrived in 2012 delivering 216bhp from a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine and a six-speed manual transmission, which gave 0-62 in a little over six seconds, and a top speed of 150mph.

It also had plenty of style features both inside and out to ensure nobody would mistake it for a regular MINI

14. 2012 MINI Clubman SD Hampton Edition

The special edition Estate took the name ‘Hampton’ which was, presumably, a reference to Hampton Court, the former residence of Henry VIII, and not Cockney rhyming slang.

It featured Reef Blue metallic paint with a black roof, black leather seats, red bonnet stripes, and 17in twin-spoke alloys. Also standard; automatic climate control, Bluetooth, USB connectivity and bi-xenon headlights.

15. 2012 MINI Highgate

London’s leafy Highgate joins the ‘London’ series, beating neighbour Hampstead which is yet to be so honoured.

Based on the MINI Cooper Convertible, the Highgate came with Iced Chocolate paintwork, Truffle bonnet stripes with blue edging, and bespoke 17-inch alloy wheels inspired by the Union Flag.

2012 MINI GP II

2012 MINI GP II

2012 Mini Clubman SD Hampton Edition

2012 MINI Highgate

2012 MINI Highgate

2012 MINI Highgate

16. 2012 MINI Bayswater

Alongside the Highgate came the Bayswater, with turquoise metallic paint with contrasting blue and grey bonnet stripes, along with 17-inch black alloys that sport silver edging.

The bespoke interior includes leather seats with side bolsters that have a metallic sheen plus contrasting blue and grey stitching.

17. 2012 MINI Hatch Baker Street

Special grey metallic paint with black bonnet stripes, and gloss-black 16-inch alloys.

The interior has cloth-and-leather seats with a diamond pattern on the seats plus cockpit and door trims.

18. 2012 MINI Cooper Hatch Olympic Edition

The London 2012 Olympics was a momentous occasion for Britain and since BMW were official sponsors a golden opportunity for a special edition Olympic themed car. Appropriately, 2012 were built in a choice of Chili Red, White Silver, or Lightning Blue.

All had white mirror caps, a white roof bearing the ‘London 2012’ logo, a Union Jack stripe along the bonnet, roof, and rear hatch Inside were leather seats with Union Jack piping and a numbered plaque on the dashboard featuring the London skyline.

2013 BAYSWATER

2012 MINI Bayswater

2013 MINI Baker Street (1)

2012 MINI Hatch Baker Street

2012 MINI Olympic Edition

2012 MINI Cooper Hatch Olympic Edition

19. 2012 MINI Green Park and Hyde Park

Also in 2012, MINI introduced two special editions inspired by London parks. If they decide to continue this theme there are eight more to choose from.

The Green Park had Pepper White paintwork with a JCW Green roof, while the Hyde Park based around the Clubman, had a Hot Chocolate roof. Both had matching interiors and a choice of seat covers.

20. 2013 MINI Goodwood Rolls-Royce

Limited to 1,000 cars, the interior was finished in leather and wood usually exclusive to Rolls Royce, as well as cashmere roof lining, and deep pile lambswool floor mats.

The exterior was Diamond Black metallic with ‘Mini Inspired by Goodwood’ and '1 of 1,000' badging, 17in multi-spoke alloys, and many additional features as standard this was aimed at the growing Chinese market for luxury small cars.

21. 2014 MINI Clubman Bond Street

Evoking one of London’s most famous shopping streets (green on the Monopoly board).

This Clubman special edition came with 'Bond Street' badging and side designs on Midnight Black metallic bodywork with contrasting Cool Champagne roof and highlights including on the 17-inch alloys.

2012 MINI Green Park and Hyde Park

2012 MINI Green Park and Hyde Park 

2013 MINI Goodwood Rolls Royce

2013 MINI Goodwood Rolls-Royce

2014 MINI Clubman Bond Street

2014 MINI Clubman Bond Street

22. 2015 MINI Countryman Park Lane

Into dark blue Monopoly territory the exterior was in Earl Grey metallic while the roof, mirror caps, bonnet stripes, tailgate, and lower side sections were in contrasting Oak Red and complemented by stylish 'Park Lane' badging.

19-inch wheels, and the ALL4 Exterior visual package came as standard. Inside, further 'Park Lane' inscriptions and badging adorned a luxurious black and silver themed interior.

23. 2015 MINI Challenge 210

The Challenge 210 limited edition took up the middle ground between a regular Mini Cooper S and the high-end John Cooper Works cars both in terms of performance and overall styling.

Only 210 were built in grey paintwork with Challenge 210 striping on the exterior.

24. 2016 MINI Convertible Open 150 Edition

As the name suggests only 150 of these highly specified convertibles were built.

The list of standard features was considerable and included heated Chester Malt Brown leather seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, MINI Yours Union Jack fabric roof , and a system to warn the driver if the car is parked with the roof down and rain is likely.

2015 MINI Countryman Park Lane

2015 MINI Countryman Park Lane

MINI Challenge 210 Edition

2015 MINI Challenge 210

2016 MINI Convertible Open 150 Edition

2016 MINI Convertible Open 150 Edition

25. 2017 MINI Cooper S 210

In terms of price the Cooper S Works 210 was pitched below the earlier Challenge 210 although on paper delivered similar figures.

Like the Challenge, it featured a Bluetooth controller allowing you to switch the exhaust system to a race mode for a real roar although this would exceed noise limits for road use.

26. 2017 MINI Cooper Seven

Once again evoking the old Seven name from the early Austin Mini days, the MINI Cooper Seven offered a number of exterior and interior options exclusive to this edition although this and the ‘Seven’ badging offered largely cosmetic changes.

27. 2018 MINI Hatch 1499 GT

Only 1,499 of these were built, hence the name. The GT part of the name evokes the 1969 1275 GT which had a 1,275cc engine and was sporty replacement for the much more sporty Cooper.

The 1499 GT gets a John Cooper Work body but a 1.5l engine that delivers a punch but, appropriately, not such a big punch.  

Mini cooper s works 210 side profile

2017 MINI Cooper S 210

2017 MINI Cooper Seven

2017 MINI Cooper Seven

2018 MINI Hatch 1499 GT

2018 MINI Hatch 1499 GT

28. 2018 MINI Convertible Cooper 25th Anniversary

Could 2018 really have been the 25th anniversary of the Rover Mini Cabriolet?

Apparently yes, and this event was marked with a limited run of 300 2l Cooper S Convertibles in Starlight Blue exterior with white bonnet stripes, a Union Jack roof, lounge leather-covered seats, white mirror caps, and 18in MINI Vanity wheels.

29. 2019 60 Years

Of course, this year is the 60th anniversary of the Mini and it would be unthinkable not to have a special anniversary edition. Only 500 will be built in British Racing Green, sporting dark bonnet stripes, and exclusive alloy wheels.

‘60 Years’ logos feature on the bonnet and doors, and the interior is in dark Cacao with contrasting piping.

30. 2020 GP3

The future looks bright too, with the new John Cooper Works GP3 version of the current series much anticipated and the rumour mill working overtime, you can certainly expect sporty styling with a performance to match, along with plenty of refinements in this much anticipated new MINI.

2018 25th Anniversary

2018 MINI Convertible Cooper 25th Anniversary

2019 60 Years

2019 60 Years

2020 GP3

2020 GP3

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