The original Mini launched in 1959, making this year the car’s 60th anniversary. To celebrate, Mini is offering a special Mini 60 Years Edition car for the 2019 model year. Mini did a pretty awesome photo shoot for this limited-edition car, showing us how big the Mini is now compared to what it used to be in 1959. That might not have been the point, but man is it interesting to see the two chugging along next to each other.
You can order the 60 Years Edition with either the three-door or five-door Mini—the larger Clubman and Countryman will not be getting this treatment. As for the changes from Mini, it’s mostly aesthetic. The standard color is a British racing green, but you could choose among four other non-green colors, too. Mini will paint the roof either white or black, and the same goes for the exterior mirror caps. Plenty of stripes are already available for Minis, but this special edition has unique hood stripes—the 60 Years logo appears on just the left-hand hood stripe. That’s just the beginning when it comes to anniversary stickers and logos. You’ll see the designation on the door sills, interior trim, front headrests, steering wheel, and the logo is even projected onto the ground by LED light upon opening the door.
A bunch of equipment is made standard in these 60 Year cars for a bit more luxury. Full LED lighting front and back comes with all of them. The interior trim is done in an exclusive dark maroon color—the sports seats and leather steering wheel will also be standard equipment.
In the U.S. you’ll be able to get either the normal Cooper or the Cooper S with this special edition package. This means either the 1.5-liter turbo or 2.0-liter turbo will be up for grabs with your 60 Years Edition Mini. These particular cars will be available in March this year, but Mini doesn’t spell out pricing nor production numbers for them. Since the changes aren’t necessarily drastic, we wouldn’t expect an unruly price, but expect to pony up a bit more for the privilege of owning one of these.