This little Clubman is now painted in its original Vermillion Red (pictured temporarily in its pink days). It is nippy, practical, frugal and a lot of fun. Its secret? This is the last of the cars on 10 inch wheels which makes it low to the ground. Although not good for the exhaust system, it thus has the handling of a go-cart.
The Mini Clubman story started in 1967 when the stylist Roy Haynes, who was responsible for the Mk 2 Cortina, was charged with making an upmarket Mini to replace the Wolsey Hornet and Riley Elf in order to streamline the Mini range and reduce production costs. The main differences were an improved interior and a longer nose in the same style as its big brother the Austin Maxi. He wanted to make the rear end into a hatchback but was not allowed to. Had this have been allowed it would have been way ahead of the enormously successful Ford Fiesta launched in 1976. He believed in style over function, the opposite to Alec Issigonis, the Mini’s original designer.
Our little Mini has had the bonnet, boot and doors painted in black and a set of the rare Gemini wheels and benefits from a rear roll bar and bucket seats. Although the seats are extremely pretty, comfortable and supportive they are not best suited to large individuals so it is worth trying the driving position before committing to this vehicle. The handling and low height of this little car make it seem twice as fast as the speedo would suggest. Driving this little car will enable almost everyone, who can fit, to understand the magic and appeal of the marvellous Mini.
|Low Season*||Mid Season**||High Season***|
*Low Season: October 1st - February 28th/29th
**Mid Season: March 1st - May 31st
***High Season: June 1st - September 30th