. . . debuted at the 1997 Rallye Monte Carlo, exactly 30 years after Mini placed 1st for the third time with the overall winners Rauno Aaltonen and Henry Liddon in the no. 177 Mini Cooper S.
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To mark the 30th anniversary of the MINI triumph in the Rallye Monte Carlo, Rover unveiled a design concept in 1997 that already embodied elements of the future MINI. . . .