JCW Mini Cooper S plated COVER (3)

Asking Price:

R 126,000.00

Lot Status:

For Sale

2003 JCW Mini Cooper S

In 2003, Mini fans packed their local cinemas with the release of The Italian Job, which like the 1969 version saw a trio of Mini Coopers taking leading roles. For South Africans there were extra bragging rights with Charlize Theron as one of the stars at the wheel of one of the pocket rockets.

Of course, the old guard mumbled that the storyline wasn’t the same, it was shot in Venice and Los Angeles not Turin and that the cars were now BMW-made (nicknamed Bini) and not the original giant-killing Mini Cooper S models of ’69 (they were actually 1967 cars plated to look like 1969).

But love it or hate it, for the freshly formed John Cooper Works (JCW) company of Michael Cooper, son of John Cooper (racing car maker and tuner responsible for the original hot Mini), it was a marketing triumph. Suddenly everyone wanted stripes and spotlights on their road-going Bini. Or even better, the subtle JCW badging and under-the-skin upgrades to accompany.

The first JCW Tuning Kit to be made available for the Cooper S was an upgrade for the Cooper S, producing a total of 200bhp (150kW). Released in 2003, the kit consisted of an uprated cylinder head (gas-flowed and ported), 11% reduction of the supercharger pulley size (making the same blower spin faster), colder temperature-range spark plugs, uprated exhaust system (maintaining the same header and catalytic converter), remapped ECU, JCW badges, individually numbered engine plate and a certificate signed by Mike Cooper.

Later they developed a 210bhp kit, adding bigger fuel injectors, a cone air filter (inside the stock airbox) and a specific ECY tune to support the injector upgrade.

In 2007, German automaker BMW acquired the rights to the name, and it bought out the company in 2008. Since then, JCW offerings have evolved alongside the new Mini as it ran through three more generations.

Time flies. The 2003 remake of The Italian Job and the first John Cooper Works Bini will actually hit 20 years old next year and both are already enjoying cult and ‘classic’ status. In fact, all the first-generation new Minis have started climbing the ladder with enthusiasts and in the Hagerty 2022 Bull Market List, the JCW-kitted versions are leading the way.

This Example

Good-condition example of the early R53 Mini with a very rare 210hp John Cooper Works dealer-fitted kit complete with desirable spotlight option. The engine cover is numbered S1774, which correlates with the Michael Cooper-signed certificate.

Less than 10 000km done per year. Spare key, manual and service book are present and while there is not a full franchise service history, there is a reasonable record of work done in recent years. Less than 1 000km done since a detailed service (oil, oil filter, JCW-specific air filter, injector clean, HT leads, tappet cover gasket, brake pads and Bilstein shock absorbers.

Front seats have been re-upholstered in leather and, like the back seats, are in good condition. The interior is in great nick with the only two major flaws being a scuff on the passenger side metal-look dash and some minor damage from the seatbelt buckle on the driver door card.

Electrics are in good working order with the sunroof, windows, lights (interior and exterior), hooter, aircon and factory radio in operational condition. The central locking and alarm don’t operate via the key push button any longer but does in the old-fashioned way of turning the key in the door slot. The car doesn’t show any faults when plugged into a diagnostics machine.

Structurally the car is very good and straight. Paint is reasonable but does have the odd chip or scratch and the front bumper mounting points are showing their brittle plastic side with some repairable breaks. The front bumper has some chips and stone damage, as does the bonnet-mounted air intake.

Both doors have chips on the rear edges (from opening in narrow spots) and the clearcoat is peeling on the left rear wing where a repair was done. Both rear wings have small dents from a neighbouring 4x4 door opening onto it and the roof gutter trim has been touched up where faded but could do with some more TLC.

Papers are in order (status reflects ‘Used/gebruik’) and licence is up to date.

Available to view by appointment in Johannesburg.



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Lot Status


For Sale

Special Features


Condition rating: 111/140
JCW numbered car
JCW authenticity certificate
Rare 210hp model
Spotlight option

Quick Facts


Reference: LOT-000249
Seller: Private
Year: 2003
Manufacturer: JCW Mini
Model: Cooper S
Derivative: R53
Service History: -
Mileage: 176,000 Km
Engine Size: 1,598cc
Engine Type: 4-cylinder inline
Fuel Type: Petrol
Transmission: 6 Manual
Layout: Front engine - front-wheel drive
Power Output: 210 BHP
Exterior: Charcoal
Interior: Black

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Bidding

Bidding Information - 2003 JCW Mini Cooper S

Estimated Price Range:

R 115,000.00 - R 130,000.00

Lot Status:

For Sale

Total Bids:

6

Time Left:

Closed

Start Date:

Tuesday, 06 September, 2022 - 08:00

End Date:

Tuesday, 13 September, 2022 - 18:00


Comments

silverfish
silverfish
2 months, 3 weeks ago

Please contact me if the deal falls through. Regards Bruce


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