Mini Cooper S
In 1961, Mini Cooper made its debut featuring a larger engine, disc brakes and close ratio transmission. It produced 55 HP, which was 20 HP more than a standard Mini. And even though the power ratings sound diminutive now, the car weighed just over 1,100 pounds, making it lively and quick.
With its front-wheel-drive handling and precise steering, the Mini Cooper is nimble and easy to drive fast, making it the perfect candidate for racing. During the ’60s, Mini Coopers were extremely successful in rally championships, as well as touring car races all over the world.