Couple can't get insurance for chrome-plated Mini | The Sun
FED-UP Ian and Toni Grice reflect on their bad luck after buying a £38,000 chrome-plated Mini Cooper - which they can't drive on the road.
Builder Ian, 42, saw the super-shiny special edition in a London showroom on Valentine's Day and bought it for Toni, 41. He was given a week's free insurance by BMW so he could drive it 120 miles home to Greasley, Notts.
But when the seven days were up and Ian tried to get normal cover, he was refused a quote by one insurance firm after another. The dad-of-two said: "I've been left with the world's most expensive mirror.
"No-one will touch it with a barge-pole. They say it's too fragile and it'll get scratched and scuffed too easily. It's a Mini Cooper for crying out loud, not a Ferrari.
"It's a terrible waste because it's such a striking car. If you look at the body you see your reflection perfectly."
A spokesman for the Association of British Insurers said: "It could be a target for thieves. My advice is to try a broker who taps into specialised markets - but he should expect to pay a considerable amount."
Yeah, at a price! They (MINI Insurance) were more than happy to give me 7 days free cover when I picked up my JCW (I had already arranged for my own insurance to start after this period), however I asked them to quote for continued cover out of curiosity... a shade under £5,000/year!!
I really like the chrome Cooper S (JCW possibly? ...can't see any badges, but the price and side scuttles would suggest so), however I would've left the pillars and roof black. Is the car actually "chrome-plated" as the article suggests, or is it just a wrap of some sort?
One thing is for sure: It is not the most expensive mirror, not even close. Large Binocular Telescope has two mirrors with 8.4 meter = 27.5 feet and Subaru telescope has 8.2 meter mirror. The price of those is astronomical.
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