R53 BMW MINI Cooper S Checkmate
October's car of the month is provided by Christine and Jamie Brown. All classic Mini fans look away now for this first generation R53 BMW MINI Cooper S Checkmate. These cars are starting to see a cult following with their unique for the class supercharged engine and go-kart handling like the original car. Its amazing to think these cars are now 10-15 years old!
Based on the flagship Cooper S, the Checkmate concentrates on improving the MINI's aesthetics rather than its perf...ormance. These cars were produced in the final year of R53 MINI production at Cowley, Oxford between 2005 and 2006. Outside, it gets unique (and very smart) Space Blue metallic paint, dubious chequered stickers on the front wings, Checkmate badges on the B-pillar, bonnet stripes and new 17-inch alloys.
Step inside and there's more Check-mate branding on the kick plates - but most noticeable is the new upholstery. Bold blue and silver leather covers the seats and steering wheel, while the dash is an identical colour to the exterior and the headlining gets a swanky metallic grey finish.