This illustration is of a Mini Cooper S with an E-Type Jaguar in the background. The Mini Cooper S went into production in 1963. The Cooper version of the Mini was named after John Cooper, who saw the potential of the Mini as a competition car. John Cooper owned the Cooper Car Company and was a designer and builder of Formula One cars and rally cars. He was also a friend of Issigonis, the designer of the Mini.
The Cooper S was a more powerful version of the Mini Cooper with a 1071cc engine. The engine was race-tuned, had twin SU carburettors, a closer-ratio gearbox and front disc brakes which were uncommon on a small car at that time.
The Mini Cooper S achieved success at the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, 1965 and 1967. It was also a very successful race car taking many saloon car race and championship victories. For many, the Mini Cooper is best known for its role in the 1967 film The Italian Job.
The image is available as a giclée print (see additional information). Each print is signed by the artist Steve Goodwin. There is also a Pop Art Mini Cooper print available.