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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:09 pm 
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The latest from MINI, the 1499 GT.

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Well at least they didn't attempt squaring the front up.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:15 pm 
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Horrible and wtf did they not just call it a 1500 ?, 1499 looks like a price (wouldn't even pay that for it)


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:19 pm 
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That's GOT to be a photoshop joke surely???


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:31 pm 
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"This limited edition MINI is set to be a future classic. With its slick sports stripes running down the side and unique detailing throughout, it’s easy to see the racecar inspiration. It’s a celebration of the original sporty MINI – the 1275 GT. And comes with the same daring spirit, complete with modern John Cooper Works styling. But we’re only making 1,499 of them. Act fast to get your hands on a modern icon."
https://www.mini.co.uk/en_GB/home/explo ... 99-gt.html


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:18 am 
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Virtually none of these modern cars will ever become ‘classic’ because as soon as they develop problems that would either cost hundreds or thousands to put right or the parts are not available, they’ll be scrapped.

One of the things with modern cars is it’s sometimes not as simple as taking the defective part off and replacing it with a new or used part. Getting to the source of the problem is not always straightforward and costly.

I’m talking about all modern cars here, not just the 14.99 :lol:

I can’t see the modern equivalent of my contact tucking away these cars for the future for people like us to find and restore.

And yes ..... 1499....... finally lost the plot :roll: :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:54 am 
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mab01uk wrote:
" It’s a celebration of the original sporty 1275 GT. And comes with the same daring spirit,


Yes, there was never anything more daring than lobbing an Austin 1300 engine into a Mini Clubman was there.... :?


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:21 am 
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111Robin wrote:
wtf did they not just call it a 1500 ?


You could also say wtf did BL not just call the original 1275GT the Mini 1300GT ?........as they did with the ADO16 Austin/Morris 1300GT.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:48 am 
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Andrew1967 wrote:
Virtually none of these modern cars will ever become ‘classic’ because as soon as they develop problems that would either cost hundreds or thousands to put right or the parts are not available, they’ll be scrapped.

One of the things with modern cars is it’s sometimes not as simple as taking the defective part off and replacing it with a new or used part. Getting to the source of the problem is not always straightforward and costly.

I’m talking about all modern cars here, not just the 14.99 :lol:

I can’t see the modern equivalent of my contact tucking away these cars for the future for people like us to find and restore.


You are probably right......modern cars do seem to disappear from the roads quite suddenly after a certain number of years rather than slowly become tatty/rusty bangers as in the 1960/70's.

Although there is a 'Modern Classic' car magazine now published for later 1980/90's/future classic cars...and in the world of MINI's the early 2001 R50 and 2002 R53 S are being tipped as future classics to buy while still cheap and plentiful by mags like Practical Classics. There is now a 'Y' reg Register below for the very first R50 MINI's and the Oxford 'OBL' registered press prototypes which are becoming quite sort after by Modern MINI enthusiasts.

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Not forgetting the Pre-production Rover R50 Prototype 'project' which was sold a while back:-
http://www.motoringfile.com/2013/12/03/ ... p-on-ebay/


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:10 am 
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mab01uk wrote:
111Robin wrote:
wtf did they not just call it a 1500 ?


You could also say wtf did BL not just call the original 1275GT the Mini 1300GT ?........as they did with the ADO16 Austin/Morris 1300GT.

1275 was at least used to designate the Cooper S previously so had some relevance to the marque. 1499 is just plain daft, their marketing bods are obviously struggling for ideas having already plagerised most other designations available to them. Good car or not I will never agree with how they have used the mini tag to plant some nostalgic seed in the minds of the public, whether it works or not. Why don't Ford bring out a new Escort harking back to the halcyon days ?. Who knows, maybe they will at some point, I'm sure plenty would fall for it.
I'm sure there were similar feelings when BMC started churning out badge engineered Wolsley, Riley, MG etc. so it's nothing new, and it makes profit for them so hats off to their marketing people.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:51 am 
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Ford still use the Escort name plate in China and I believe India. :? :?


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