The 25th anniversary of the convertible Mini

Mini Convertible anniversary 1Just 300 anniversary edition Mini convertibles will be built to celebrate 25 years since the first ever convertible Mini (then run by Rover) but what’s so special about this anniversary edition, Mini have after all been building Mini convertibles ever since that first car rolled off the production line. Well on the surface not much has changed over the standard car. All 300 cars will be painted Starlight Blue with contrasting white bonnet stripes. The list of standard items is basically the standard Minis ‘chilli’ pack, which comes with a full Harman Kardon sound system, and a top spec sat nav. The roof of the Mini convertible anniversary car does come with the Union Jack printed into the canvas but this is also available on the standard car.

Mini Convertible anniversary 3So what is the difference between this and the standard car, pretty much nothing the only difference I could find was the Mini Convertible comes with some nice grey leather seats that aren’t available on the other cars. It’s just another excuse for Mini to sell you a more expensive car, and this car is nearly £10,000 more expensive than the standard Mini Convertible, which I think you’ll agree is absolutely ridiculous for a car that is not unique in any noticeable way. This limited edition car is just another badge special, a car BMW have stuck a badge on that means they can charge more and more money for. It is absolutely ridiculous.

Mini Convertible anniversary 2This is a dangerous trend that is growing exponentially as the years go on. Companies are conning customers into spending more for a limited edition car that is in fact available already straight off the production line. I know this will fall on deaf ears and all 300 Mini anniversary convertibles will walk out of the showroom in seconds but do not support this. Soon enough we will all have a badge on our cars that says limited edition and yet all the cars will look sound and drive exactly the same.

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Drive your cars, its what they’re built for

BMW i8 5Cars are built to be driven. Fullstop, end of story, that is literally their only purpose in life. But some people seem to buy up cars and insist on never driving them. If I bought a book and never read it you would laugh at me. If I bought a new outfit but never wore it that would be ridiculous. So why are people ok with it when it comes to cars.

Ferrari FF SnowWhen a brand new Ferrari leaves the factory it is expected to be driven its what the designers, engineers and builders made it for. Why is it then that decades later that same Ferrari will come to auction with barely any miles on it in pristine condition and sell for £20,000,000. The bidders at these auctions are exactly the same, they will never drive their million pound purchase for fear of decreasing the value. What you’ve bought then is not a car, what you’ve bought is the world’s most expensive paperweight.

Ford Sierra CosworthMy bigger fear nowadays is this problem is spinning down into the formerly everyman classic market. I recently came across a Ford Sierra Cosworth with no miles on it. Since it left the factory it hadn’t travel a single mile. That is ridiculous and cruel. If you bought a horse and never let it leave the stable you would be put in prison for animal cruelty. Performance cars are meant to be driven, and driven hard. They are built to take the punishment and will reward you with the greatest pleasure known to man (no not that one). FUN!

Jaguar E-Type Barn FindThe pleasure of owning a car doesn’t come from having it sit in a sealed garage under a cover until you die and your kids sell it on, the pleasure comes from driving it, appreciating it, forming a bond with the car. Sell the kids for all I care just drive the car and enjoy it as it was meant to be enjoyed, on the road.

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