A Mini Cooper S once owned by Madonna — and served as inspiration for the song “American Life” — is going up for auction. The Queen of Pop originally bought the Mini Cooper S to drive around London, where she was living in 2002.
According to reports from the staff at Mini in Oxford, the car was custom-built for the chart-topping singer. Fun fact: the workers who built it signed inside the body and under the bonnet. The Cooper S is a version of the iconic Mini, which was later revived by BMW in 2001.
A year after owning the black vehicle, Madonna rapped about it in “American Life,” a single that peaked at #37 in the United States, but performed better in other parts of the world.
“I drive my Mini Cooper, And I’m feeling super-duper, Yo they tell me I’m a trooper, And you know I’m satisfied.”
The Mini Cooper features a 1.6 liter supercharged engine with the power to go from zero to 60 mph in seven seconds with a top speed of more than 130 mph. That’s exceptionally fast for such a small car.
Madonna mainly used the car to take her daughter to school and drive to the recording studio where she was working on her “American Life” album. She sold the Mini Hatch 1.6 Cooper S to her driver, who then sold it to a collector. It’s only been driven 25,000 miles over the past 14 years. The car will be auctioned on August 20 by Historics at Brooklands.
“This is a real piece of celebrity history and a lovely car in its own right. It is definitely a ‘must have’ for any material girl or boy,” said Mat Priddy from Historics of Brooklands. The auction house describes the Mini Cooper S as “not only a collectible low mileage Mini Cooper S but one owned by a superstar.”