Thursday, January 29, 2015
San Francisco Street Sighting - 1971 Mini 1000 Automatic
I really like this little car. It's such a pure Mini, all one color with no fender flares, no rally stripes, no accessory lights. Just factory-matched Blaze Orange for a bit of cheek and a set of actual Minilite wheels providing just the right stance. The interior is beautiful, retaining the car's original right-hand-drive configuration and dainty little four-speed automatic shifter on the floor. It even has a set of period UK license plates and matching California vanity plates with the same characters. This is one of my favorite vintage Minis, even though it isn't a Cooper. In fact, I may even like it more because it isn't a Cooper. It's an economy runabout with a nod to convenience, a little retro style and the ability to park virtually anywhere. What's not to like?