Tuesday, January 31, 2012
San Francisco Street Sighting - 1976 Mini 1000
Old Minis are surprisingly abundant in San Francisco, being one of history's great city cars. These were considered a small family car in their time, but are no longer suitable for many plus-sized people in America. Compare this pint-sized Mini to the contemporary Toyota Corolla in front of if for a real idea of what a "compact car" has become in this country. This one is in great shape aside from a little bit of bumper damage in front. I like that it isn't a cliched Cooper clone sitting on Minilite wheels, finished in red with white hood stripes and a white roof like so many others. Don't get me wrong, people do it because that's pretty much the quintessential Mini, but it does get rather dull when they all look like that. The simple light blue with steel wheels and shiny dog dish hubcaps looks just fine to me. Just don't expect to win the Monte Carlo Rally or escape the Turin Police with this one.