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25-year-old conversion that raised roof on MINI Convertible craze

The new MINI 25th Anniversary Edition Convertible and the 1993 Rover Mini Cabriolet which was more conversion than convertible. Picture: MINI

The new MINI 25th Anniversary Edition Convertible and the 1993 Rover Mini Cabriolet which was more conversion than convertible. Picture: MINI

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MINI celebrating 25 years of the convertible did not add up for motoring editor Andy Russell but it was a case of poor memory, not poor maths.

One of the dolls highlighting the pothole problem. Picture: Neville DaytonaOne of the dolls highlighting the pothole problem. Picture: Neville Daytona

I know maths isn’t my strong point but I thought MINI had got its sums wrong when I read this week that it is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the MINI Convertible.

It caught my attention because I have a soft spot for this soft top, having owned one for three years when my wife and I had our first mid-life crisis when our boys no longer needed ferrying around so it was farewell family hatchback!

But it poor memory rather than poor maths because I had forgotten the Rover Mini Cabriolet was introduced in June 1993, following a successful UK trial of the Mini Lamm Cabriolet in 1991. During the trial, German-based Lamm Autohaus removed the roof of the vehicle prior to sale in the UK and it was an instant hit with all 75 vehicles selling immediately – making it one of the rarest Minis ever produced. Hardly surprising I’d forgotten about it.

At launch, that Mini Cabriolet cost almost twice as much as the 1993 Classic Mini and had a specially-strengthened body shell to accommodate the new hood. It shared its mechanical bits with the Cooper 1.3i but the interior was luxuriously finished with a burr walnut dashboard, black leather steering wheel and colour-coded seat belts.

Since the 2004 MINI Convertible was launched, nearly 90,000 have been sold in the UK. The Cooper Convertible is most popular, taking 43pc of sales, and pepper white the top colour.

To mark its quarter-century, MINI is launching a 25th Anniversary Edition Convertible based on the Cooper S Convertible and priced from £32,995 on the road. Just 300 are available so it will be rare but not as rare as the original.

Do you own an original Rover Mini Cabriolet? Email motoring@archant.co.uk

Hellhole dolly!

How’s this for a dolly good way to draw attention to problem potholes.

One man’s unique way to highlight potholes in his neighbourhood, by using dolls’ heads so it looks as if someone has fallen in, has become an online sensation.

Neville Daytona bought the plastic toys online and from charity shops and put them in a pothole which had been barricaded off for weeks near his home in Swindon. Following his fun campaign, it’s due to be filled in.

A Swindon Borough Council spokesman, who also has a sense of humour, said: “Our action men and women have repaired the pothole several times but it keeps reappearing due to a problem with the motorway bridge. Highways England have agreed to fix the underlying issue.”


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