Dents? That's also the way the French seem to parked in Paris - its a full contact sport from what I've seen.
All of the old classic Mini's I've spotted in Paris have the full, non-standard nerf bar treatment, front and rear, to help fend off low speed parking maneuvers and preserve the headlights and taillights (classic Mini bumpers are just for show).
I wonder how new MINIs with proper bumpers deal with that parking behavior - I guess the front license plates take a real beating.
+ 2002 MINI Cooper S - Dark Silver / White roof, Sport, Premium, Lapis blue leather
+ 1965 Mini Traveller - Tartan Red / White roof, 1275, Cooper S discs, fully restored/renewed