VP Adds Future Classic to Heritage Collection
The Directors of Vehicle Procurements have announced a new addition to the company’s Heritage Collection of classic British-built cars … and it might not seem like a classic at first!
A 2003 MINI Cooper S JCW with just 11,000 miles on the clock was unveiled on Monday. VP Director Malcolm Ledgar said, “It might not be a traditional classic car, but we believe this MINI will become a classic car in years to come. It was one of the first modern MINIs to be fitted with the John Cooper Works (JCW) performance kits at a time when the cars were still sent to JCW in West Sussex to be upgraded. To boost performance they fitted a supercharger – with the current trend for turbochargers this isn’t something you see very much anymore”.
VP’s better informed followers will know that the Cooper model name attached to the Mini brand represents a directly traceable automotive lineage and a real person. In fact, John Cooper was, among many other things, the first aftermarket tuner for the 1961 Morris Mini; hence, Mini Cooper. Within a few short years his Mini Cooper S boasted several prestigious racing titles.
John’s son, Michael, then founded John Cooper Works in 2002. BMW acquired the rights to the name in 2007 and bought out the company in 2008 so the John Cooper name lives on in association with probably its most famous partner, MINI.
The MINI now owned by VP is a 1.6 litre inline-four with an uncorked exhaust system and a higher-revving and higher pressure supercharger. It generates 200hp with 177lb-ft of torque. What does that mean? Well, what was already an exceptionally fun car to drive becomes an absolute kick in the butt!
If you would like to see this MINI Cooper S JCW please feel free to call into MG Nottingham on Westdale Lane in Mapperley where it is displayed alongside a 1989 Mini 30 – a great comparison of old Mini vs new! If you ask nicely, the friendly staff at MG Nottingham might also make you a cup of what has been voted the best complimentary coffee in Nottingham!