Treasure Hunting: In Search of the First New Generation by MINI.
I'm always on the look-out! I spend sleepless nights at car markets, and on the Internet on my quest. At home the scene magazines and technical journals pile up. And when I'm on the road...no dealer is safe. I especially like the somewhat shabby used car dealers. You know, the ones with the colored flags and the wildly flattering pennants. Because that's where you actually have the best chance of finding hidden treasure.
Hey, what are you looking at me like that for? I can't help it. I've been this way since I was a kid. The first word I could say wasn't "Mama" or "Papa" - it was "car!" And don't get me wrong. I'm not one of those people looking for a cheap bargain. On the contrary, I'm searching for everyday gems. It's not the lowest price that's decisive for me, but instead the charm, the character and the personality a car has.
And I ask you, why I've been thrown off course to end up, of all places, at the MINI? Now, I'm searching for a charismatic small car that doesn't get lost in the crowd, that's affordable and that has the potential to become a modern classic. That's why it's the MINI. What else could it be? And I have a question for you. Did you know that the MINI turns 10 years old this year? No, I'm not mistaken. I mean the first generation of the New MINI, because it was launched on the market and its amazing success story began in 2001. After a full decade of new MINI, and two million MINI produced, there appears be no end to in sight.
Think there are far too many of these stylish new MINIs driving around, that it will still be awhile until they become classics? You just might be mistaken. A MINI from the first generation from the early years certainly has the stuff to become a modern classic. And it's much harder to find one in original condition that it is to find a super sports car with a trailer hitch. I've really been looking for a long time to find exactly the gem for me. But see for yourself. This is an absolute beauty among the countless number of used MINIs I've looked at recently: Model year 07/2002, just over 39,000 mi (63,000 km), air conditioning, non-smoker vehicle, first hand, with full service history.
Run-of-the-mill? No way! But I will admit, that is of course subjective. For example, I especially like this color and I have discovered that this shade of green was only available for less than two years. What's the color called? Silk Green. And have a look at the rims as well. I find them extremely tasteful. Too small? Maybe from today's standpoint. But 15" are absolutely contemporary. What? You don't like the fact that this MINI has an automatic transmission? But that's exactly the particular appeal of this gem! How many MINIs have that? But I can see your and my understanding of an "automotive gem" are quite contradictory.
But to be honest, that doesn't really bother me, as otherwise all car nuts would be looking for the same treasure. Oh, by the way, as I've found my gem now, I ask you: Are you also looking for a hidden treasure in the shape of a MINI? Or did you long ago find a gem of your own? Show it to me and explain why this particular MINI is a special treasure to you. I'm looking forward to hearing your story!
"Treasure Hunting: In Search of the First New Generation by MINI." by Alex Griesinger at MINI Clubs International Office.
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