The Classic Mini - My Favourite Car

My love affair with the Mini began seven years ago when my parents bought me a 1981 Mini City as my first car (I still have it, although it's not my main car anymore). 


Some people didn't understand why I would want an 'old' car as my first car but growing up with a dad who is passionate about classic cars (he has many) meant that his passion was bound to rub off on me. When I saw a little yellow mini pull up outside my house one day it was love at first sight.


The BMC Mini, launched in 1959, defined a new genre. Never before had a car used front wheel drive and transverse engines in such a small space and the interior space was staggering (if I had a £1 for every time someone exclaimed "oh my god there's so much space" whilst being in my car I would be a rich lady).



Nippy and easy to park, it quickly became fashionable to own a Mini. The legendary Mini-Cooper launched in 1961 went on to become a great racing car (Mini Cooper's won the Tulip Rally in 1962 and 1963 and the Cooper "S" was all conquering in British saloon car racing).



I just love my little Mini, people know me because of my car and I often get people stopping to talk to me about it wherever I go (more often than not when I'm trying to fill it up at a petrol station!). I can't wait to start nipping around town in it again once it has been fully restored.

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  1. Hi, Sarah! Thank you for the history lesson, dear friend. I'm happy to learn this fun fact about you. It only makes sense for you to own and drive a classic car, given that you have a keen interest in the music, culture and fashion of the past.

    I don't know if you get the television game show The Price Is Right over there, but Mini-Coopers are offered as prizes every week and they always wow the studio audience. Once a month or so the prize is a classic automobile manufactured in the 50s or 60s and it invariably draws an equally enthusiastic response from the crowd.

    Sarah, I love how you are living the vintage lifestyle. You are a modern retro trendsetter, just like the famous women of the past we all idolize. People are noticing and appreciating what you're up to and your influence is far reaching even if you don't realize it.

    Have a wonderful Monday and a super week ahead, dear friend!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Shady! x

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  2. Hi Sarah, I absolutely love minis! I keep telling Josh that whenever we get a car I want it to be a mini but a car in London is not the most necessary thing, it's actually quite risky and expensive considering that we don't have a parking lot where we live and parking spots are a nightmare to find. Still, I can't wait to get my own mini! xxx

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    1. Old Mini's are great for driving round town as you can park anywhere but they do become a bit of a tourist magnet, I once got surrounded by a crowd of chinese girls whilst trying to drive through the West End, they literally surrounded the car taking pictures, I felt so awkward! Glad to hear you love them as well! x

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  3. Wowwww thats a beauty of a car right
    there! Looks like it is in a good
    state as well c: Xx

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  4. Love that picture of you and your mini, you look just as good as the 1960s images.
    I thought everyone's first car was a second-hand one, or is that just 'cos I'm from a working class town? I never learnt to drive but all my friends had Minis, Beetles or, in Jon's case, a Morris Minor Traveller!
    My American blog friend Krista's waiting for her Mini Cooper to arrive from the UK this week, she's obsessed with all things English! x

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    1. Thanks Vix! I think the people I went to school with just had more money than me haha, most people did have second-hand cars but because mine wasn't a Ford or a Renault Cleo it threw people a bit.

      Oh how exciting for Krista, I bet she can't wait! x

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  5. I agree! you look fab in your picture with your car. even a little like the model in the picture underneath! is it Jean Shrimpton?
    I still only have my learners, but if were a driver i would have either a mini or a Fiat 500! I like the cute compact look of them.
    Apparently the Beatles all used to have one each and that Mary Quant got to design the interior of one and it had a little MQ Daisy on the horn button!

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    1. Thanks Catherine! Yes I think that is Jean Shrimpton in the pic. I love the old Fiat 500's too, you always see so many of them still on the road in Europe it's great x

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  6. That first picture is really lovely! It is only fitting that you used to drive a mini!

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  7. You look just stunning in that picture with you and your mini. What a great little car! Isn't amazing how much space there is inside them. People wouldn't think it, but you and I know it's true! I would very much love to have a vintage beetle in olive green - that would be my dream car <3 xx

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    1. Thank you! My sister's dream car is a vintage beetle, she can't drive yet but as soon as she can she'll be pestering my dad to find one for her x

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  8. I can't blame you for loving it. For a car lover, a classic car will always have a valuable place in our hearts and garage. Good thing you kept it because there are some that sell it once it becomes problematic. By the way, what type of car do you own now? #Ashely @ Infinitiofannarbor.com

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  9. I believe there's nothing wrong with owning a used car, especially if it's a Mini. I drove one last year and I was amazed by the smooth ride. Heh! Good thing you're supporting your dad's passion for vintage cars. I'm sure you're also enjoying the elegance and glamor that these cars give us. Anyway, I hope your car is already restored. Enjoy your next road trip! :)

    Paul Crabtree @ BrandonDodgeOnBroadWay.net

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  10. I agree! Mini Coopers are nice little darlings! They have remarkable designs, just like the Volks’ Beetle. And the maneuverability never ceases to amaze me. Anyway, what color would you want for your Mini?

    Rhonda Burgess @ Bob Dunn Hyundai

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    1. My mini is pale yellow (I'm standing in front of it in the first picture). You're right they're great cars to drive!

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