Want the Mini Cooper Upgrades from The Italian Job?

Many recognize North Bay Bavarian as Santa Rosa’s best shop for BMW upgrades. Fewer may know that our crew also loves to install upgrades on MINI’s. Some Mini Cooper upgrades hold more value than others, and some upgrades only hold value when a particular function is desired. In this article we look at the MINI upgrades performed in the 2003 reboot of The Italian Job. The reboot is the modern spin on the original film of the same name from 1969.

Upgrades Installed in The Italian Job (2003)

Mini cooper maintenance graphicSpoiler ahead! In the 2003 reboot of The Italian Job, a group of thieves successfully steals 35 million dollars in gold bullion. A member of the crew turns on his fellow thieves killing one of them and leaving the rest for dead.

The surviving members of the crew devise a plan to steal the gold back using some seriously tricked out Mini Coopers. How tricked out you ask?

“Rob tells me you got real talent. I need some bodywork done. We need to pack up to 2,700 lbs. of cargo in these MINI’s with enough horsepower and suspension to outrun anything chasing us,” said Charlie (Mark Wahlberg).

“2,700 lbs. of what?” asked Wrench (Frank Gonzales).

“Of whatever,” replied Charlie.

“So, what do I get out of this mystery deal?” asked Wrench.

“$10,000,” replied Charlie. [Wrench nods in agreement.]

The MINI’s actually used in the movie may not have been tricked out to accommodate 2,700 lbs. and outrun everything on the road, but they did receive a variety of upgrades to enhance them for the film. Here is a quick video describing the transformations that the MINI’s, 32 in total, underwent for the film.

1969 Versus 2003: MINI Models Used in The Italian Job


1967 Austin Mini Cooper S


2003 MINI Cooper [R50]

1997 Rover Mini Cooper MkVII [ADO20]

Which Mini Cooper Upgrades Should I Consider?

When it comes to upgrading or customizing your MINI, North Bay Bavarian can help you accomplish your exact vision. Some common MINI upgrades and customizations include enhancements to upholstery, seatbelts, grills, lighting, ignition, brakes and even roll cages.

If you’re looking to mirror some of the upgrades used in the 2003 reboot of The Italian Job, you’ll want the MINI Aero Body Kit and JCW R90 alloy wheels. We can definitely hook you up with both!

Note that the MINI’s used in the tunnel scene were electric, because the Italian government did not permit combustion engines inside the tunnels. If you want an electric MINI, you might just be in luck. According to Wikipedia, BMW announced in July 2017 that work on an electric mini model would proceed at the Cowley plant in Oxford as soon as 2019.

You may be able to install some upgrades yourself, but others benefit form the skilled hands of our knowledgeable MINI mechanics. Our crew can also help lead you down the right direction if you aren’t sure which upgrades will help you reach your goals.


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