Opinion: the Best MINI / Mini Model Ever
"Let’s start with historical milestone MINIs. It would be easy to choose a classic Mini such as the Monte Carlo rally-winning 1964 Mini Cooper S, or perhaps the Mark I Mini which redefined perceptions about how practical a small car could be while simultaneously becoming an iconic vehicle of the 1960s. These models and their unique variants like the Morris Mini Traveller and Wolseley Hornet oozed character and still turn heads whenever one is spotted. Regardless, they never enjoyed both commercial success and reliability of current day MINIs." The best MINI model ever would have to be the MINI Cooper S (R53).
"Once the R53 and its R50 counterparts showed up, it reinvigorated the MINI brand in a way that helped spawn two more generations of itself along with each of the other models available today." MotoringFile Archive Opinion: the Best MINI / Mini Model Ever