What is it?
This special-edition Mini JCW has been launched to mark the 50th anniversary of John Cooper’s first Formula One title as a constructor, with a car driven by Jack Brabham.
Just 250 examples are being built in total, all painted in a retro Connaught Green with a white roof and bonnet stripes, black wheels and a numbered plaque on the flanks.
They are also lavishly equipped with the most popular items from the Mini options list (including sat-nav, keyless entry/start, heated leather seats, climate control, Harmon Kardon hi-fi) plus a full complement of carbonfibre trim inside and out from the JCW accessories catalogue.
Other than the paintjob and plaque, virtually none of this is bespoke, and the standard JCW’s mechanicals are untouched, but it’s enough to add more than £10k to the asking price.
What’s it like?
The combination of the green/white Cooper colour scheme and the black 17-inch wheels makes the Mini look particularly tough, an attitude boosted by black internals for the xenon headlamps and black-backed driving lamps.
The interior, by contrast, feels tastefully upmarket with its black leather and red trim, factory-fit sat-nav and gorgeous leather/Alcantara steering wheel. So the feelgood factor is off the scale even before you get under way (although all the carbonfibre trim is a matter of personal taste).