It’s 60 years since the first Mini rolled off the production line, and the company is celebrating the anniversary with a range of special edition models.
The first of these is the new Cooper S 60 Years, which commemorates the big birthday with a special paint job and interior design.
A black-on-green colour scheme marks out the newcomer, with British Racing Green IV gracing the majority of the body panels. The roof, bonnet stripes and door mirrors, meanwhile, all get glossy black paintwork.
Two-tone 17-inch alloys, twin front spotlights and a horde of 60 Years logos complete the look.
The cabin stands out just as much. The combination of brown leather seats with green stitching and piping is unique to the 60 Years. And if you need added proof of the car’s celebratory purpose, yet more badges will hammer the point home.
In addition to the visual embellishments, the 60 Years also features the Navigation Plus Pack, which is usually an optional extra. It lives inside an 8.8-inch touchscreen and provides satellite navigation and smartphone connectivity.
And the 60 Years also offers extra convenience thanks to the standard Comfort Plus Pack. That brings with it a reversing camera, folding mirrors and parking sensors in both bumpers.
But beneath the anniversary veneer, it’s still very much a Mini. Power comes from the 2.0-litre petrol engine from the standard Cooper S. That means you get 190bhp and a 0-62mph time of 6.7 seconds, as well as around 40mpg.
The Mini Cooper S Hatch 60 Years will cost £29,990 when it goes on sale in March, but just 500 examples will be available in the UK.