I still carry a torch for the original Mini. It was my first car. An 850 Deluxe in Old English White, EPL 605B was its plate. Long gone now I guess as in my ownership it was made mostly of Plastic Padding and David’s Isopon. It may have been Delux but it makes the C1 look positively luxurious and opulent.northern_mike wrote:Horrific little cars. The guy I helped out after school in his garage when I was a kid was a Mini specialist. Put me off the bloody things for life. Hilarious to be a passenger in when they were being driven fast though.
The old A series'd Minis were never wonderfully economical. 40 mpg was very good. Good engine it its day but that was 60 years ago now.
I loved that car and foolishly swapped it for an Austin 1300. Now that was a truly horrific car!
I then had five Metros, two MGs, a Turbo, a VDP and a late K series model. The Turbo was fun... The K was a lovely engine and the car itself was actually excellent but let down by atrocious build quality. Such a shame.
I could almost have an old Mini as a project now but for the cost of one you could get a top-spec. C1 or two...