James Garner is shown here with his ’66 Morris Cooper S, a left-hand-drive (LHD) model. This pic, taken in 1966, shows Garner and his Mini.
Of course, we wouldn’t want to drive just any old Cooper S, would we?
His Mini has a custom two-tone blue paint job, Webasto full pull-back sunroof, chromed external door hinges, flip-top alloy fuel filler, chrome exhaust tip and alloy wheels with chrome lug nuts and white-lettered Goodyears.
Garner’s rise to stardom began with the 1963 movie, “The Great Escape.”
A bit of trivia: His birth name is “James Scott Baumgarner.” (Isn’t the Internet great? I can come across as an expert in pretty much any field, including Hollywood trivia!)
By the way, an earlier feature on this page (Feb. 23, 2004) asked whether Steve McQueen owned a Mini or not. We later got responses confirming this, and somewhere we have pics of his Mini when it was on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. When we dig those pics out – or someone sends us them again (please) – we’ll post them here.