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Potentially rare mini died on me

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I think I have a rare mini but I'm not too sure and I just want to make sure I'm not getting screwed over. I have a 2014 MINI cooper S paceman with the John Cooper Works package. Has been a great car, we've owned it for about 8 years and it only has 69k miles on it. Yesterday, the turbo had what the mechanic described as a catastrophic oil return failure and started jetting oil all over the road for about 100 yards before the engine threw a rod into the oil pan. I've gotten several estimates to replace the engine coming in at around the $9-12k range which means its no longer worth it for me to keep this car. At first I was just concerned with making sure I was at least going to get something out of it, but now I'm concerned its gonna sit in a junkyard and rot. So I guess I have a couple of questions:
1. Is this car as rare as I think it might be? (less than 100 in the states is the last estimate I was able to get from the MINI dealer)
2. If it is, is it worth going the extra mile to make sure it goes to someone that is going to take care of it instead of scrapping it?
3. What would you do if you were in my situation?
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The car is 'rare' only because the Paceman wasn't a particularly popular design (it was pretty badly thought out - a less-practical 'utility' car?) and only sold for about 2 years. Coming to the end of the 2nd gen era think some BMW designers were given a bit of leeway to experiment, hence that, the Coupé and the Roadster, none of which survived more a than a few years and were omitted from gen 3.

As such, when you look at specific trim levels in specific countries, the numbers can be ultra-low (for example, there were only ever 49 automatic JCW Roadsters in the UK, and I have one of those 49). However we're not talking rarity in that it was a sought-after limited run that you'll find a plethora of collectors avidly searching for.

the only other 2014 paceman JCW we can find is for private sale for $18k right now
You don't have a Paceman JCW, it's an S.
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