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Mini-Cooper S

Monte Carlo Rally

Monte-Carlo

BMC Mini-Cooper S - 317

page last updated: 22 February 2017

 


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There are four Monte Carlo Rally Minis, but only three model numbers.

  •  1964 No.317 RN37, Spotlight on the roof, No jewelled spotlights

  •  1965 No.321 RN52, Plain roof, Three jewelled spotlights

  •  1966 No.321 RN2 Autographs on the roof, Two jewelled spotlights

  •  1967 No.339 RN177 Roof rack with spare wheels, Four jewelled spotlights

CORGI TOYS

Swivelling

Spot Lamp

Jewelled Lights

Spring Suspension

SEATS

STEERING WHEEL

This is the first of a series of Monte-Carlo Rally winning Mini-Coopers rushed out within weeks of the end of the rally, and as the Minis kept winning we got a new model every year of that year's works car. I've seen the survivors at Gaydon Motor Museum in Oxfordshire - very much tidied up and restored.

Some of the revisions get a new model number and some others do not. This is the easiest one to pin down. It always has the roof mount spotlight and racing number 37, it also always seems to have the Austin grille. All versions are highly priced but you will get a little more if the roof is pink.

I've been contacted via the website by one of the BMC engineers of the time who is now retired and living in South Africa and who remembers these cars being left to rot behind his workshop, here is a quote from his email:

"During my career I have worked with Sir Alec Issigonis and had Colin Chapman after me to join him; alas I turned Colin down twice and never worked with him which think now was a shame. I found a Lotus Eleven here in South Africa I finally got hold of it and took four and a half year rebuilding it. What a lovely car it is to drive. While with Sir Alex trying to design and built the replacement Mini, code name 9X, it was very enjoyable time in my career indeed but I knew BL would not last to long so I joined GKN. We had all the Red Monte Carlo Minis, 1800ís and the odd Healey around the back of our work shop for years just gathering dust and I would guess plenty of rust too. Now they are all in Gaydon Museum."


Mini-Cooper S Monte Carlo Rally - 317 Mini-Cooper S Monte Carlo Rally - 317 Mini-Cooper S Monte Carlo Rally - 317
Mini-Cooper S Monte Carlo Rally - 317 Mini-Cooper S Monte Carlo Rally - 317 Mini-Cooper S Monte Carlo Rally - 317
Mini-Cooper S Monte Carlo Rally - 317 Mini-Cooper S Monte Carlo Rally - 317 Mini-Cooper S Monte Carlo Rally - 317
Mini-Cooper S Monte Carlo Rally - 317 Mini-Cooper S Monte Carlo Rally - 317 Mini-Cooper S Monte Carlo Rally - 317
Mini-Cooper S Monte Carlo Rally - 317    

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