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 |  Sep 15 2009, 12:31 PM

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MINI is celebrating its 50th birthday with the release of two special edition models.

The MINI 50 Mayfair and MINI 50 Camden were announced at the MINI United Festival but they made their public debuts at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

The Mayfair comes in the “Hot Chocolate Metallic” paintwork available on the Clubman and Convertible. The radiator grill is equipped with added headlights.

The Camden comes in White Silver, Midnight Black or Horizon Blue metallics with a white roof and will run on 17-inch wheels.

Both special edition models will be available in either Cooper or Cooper S trims with their 120hp and 175hp engines, respectively. A 110hp diesel will also be available in Europe.

The Mayfair and the Camden will only be available during MINI’s 50th anniversary.

Gallery: MINI 50 Mayfair and MINI 50 Camden

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MINI Building $50,000 Special Edition Model

Just 250 Europe-only John Cooper Works World Championship 50 Special Edition models will be made

 |  May 28 2009, 8:59 PM

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MINI just released two new special edition models, but that isn’t about to stop Britishy-German brand from introducing yet another. The latest collectors item to be unveiled by MINI to celebrate the company’s 50th birthday is the new John Coper Works Championship 50 Special Edition model – which celebrates the Cooper racing team’s two Formula 1 world championships in 1959 and 1960.

In true British fashion the sporty “little” car will get a deep green paint job and white stripes. MINI calls the green “Connaught Green” and the white is “Pepper White,” – which is used not only for the stripes but also for the roof.

Inside the car gets black leather and red detailing.

Other than those details there isn’t a lot to differentiate the car from a standard JCW model – except maybe for the price, which is expected to be roughly $53,000.

That dollar sign is, however, irrelevant as the car won’t be sold in North America – just Europe and the U.K. Getting your hands on one won’t be easy either as MINI plans to produce just 250 JCW Championship 50 models.

[Source: Edmunds.com]

GALLERY: MINI JWC Championship 50 Special Edition

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 |  May 25 2009, 10:46 AM

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To celebrate its 50th birthday MINI has released two special edition models, the MINI 50 Mayfair and MINI 50 Camden. The vehicles, which get their names from two London boroughs, were unveiled late last week at the famous Silverstone race track, during a b-day celebration titled the MINI United Festival.

Both special edition models will be available in either Cooper or Cooper S trims with their 120hp and 175hp engines, respectively. A 110hp diesel will also be available in Europe.

The MINI 50 Mayfair will be available in Pepper White, Midnight Black or Hot Chocolate metallic – a color that, until now, was reserved only for the Convertible and Clubman models. Toffy metallic stripes with white outer pinstripes really give the car a unique look, as do the white roof and white-painted 17-inch wheels.

Inside, the similar color accenting gives the cabin as unique a look.

As for the MINI 50 Camden, it will be offered in White Silver ( as shown) or in either Midnight Black or Horizon Blue and a white roof will be standard on all colors – as will 17-inch wheels.

Both cars come with plenty of unique details and badging and share a jubilee emblem that proudly displays a stylized number “50″ on the grille. And as expected the badges color combo (or should be say “colour” combo) is that of the Union Jack – red, white and blue.

MINI’s Mission Control system and a Harmon Kardon audio system will come standard on both cars, which will be available as of September. The MINI 50 Camden and MINI 50 Mayfair will only be produced for one year.

GALLERY: MINI 50 Mayfair

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GALLERY: MINI 50 Camden

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