I learnt to drive with BSM during the late 70's in an original mini and I don't think I've had so much fun driving a car since until recently when I test drove a new mini convertible. The original minis were great for their time, but I wouldn't consider buying one today (even if they were still being made).
When the mini salesman was filling out a customer survey and he got to the bit about why I was thinking of buying a new car I told him "mid-life crisis". For years my wife and I have bought sensible cars and this is the first "fun" car we've ever bought. It's not a practical car, there's little room in the back for passengers, the boot space is almost non-existent, I don't know how much I'll be be able to drive it with the roof down and it's pretty expensive for a small car. But I don't care about all those things because it looks great, the engine sounds fantastic and the test drive (with the roof down) was so much fun. It is supposed to be my car but I have a feeling my wife is going to be taking it herself (when I'm not looking) and leaving me with her sensible S-Max.
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