The German Job: 2003 Mini Cooper S

When the model year 2000 Mini reboot (brought to you by those guys in Bavaria) was released, it hit with a big splash.  Magazine pundits raved about the handling, people flocked to pickup base Coopers, supercharged Cooper Ss, and plus sized Clubman versions (available in both base and S).  For the first few years prices of used Coopers were only a few dimes shy of MSRP, but the wonderful magic of depreciation finally hit a few years ago and now — now you can buy one for cheap.  Like this 2003 Mini Cooper S offered for $4,200 in San Francisco, CA via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

The first generation Mini Cooper hardtop (aka Hatch) was an engineered by BMW revival of the Mini
marque with design by Norwegian-Spanish-American Frank Stephenson (Maserati MC12 & Quattroporte,
Ferrari F430 & 612 Scaglietti, McLaren MP4-12C).  The design was a smash, as it combined hints of the old Mini with modern styling to create a future classic.

Powering the Cooper S is a 1.6 liter Tritec engine, which was
built from a joint development between Chrysler and BMW.  The
supercharged version puts out 160 horsepower and uses a 6-speed manual
transmission to put power to the front wheels in classic Mini fashion.

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