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today....today....today....today

On the boats and on the planes
They're coming to America
Never looking back again
They're coming to America

Got a dream to take them there
They're coming to America
Got a dream they've come to share
They're coming to America

They're coming to America
They're coming to America
Today.. Today.. Today..TODAY....
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The first ****-load, grrrr, ship-load of of US spec Coopers and Cooper Ses arrives February 4th at Elizabeth, NJ aboard the Swedish registered vessel--FIGARO.

 

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Well, if you're planing on hijacking some them once they hit the docks, perhaps we can work out a deal. :) Make mine a Dark Silver Cooper S with the Sport Package. :D

Oh, and keep the revs under 4500 since it won't be run in yet. ;)
 

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Ok, the obvious questions...

How do you know?

AND

Isn't this a little early? I know it takes time to prep and deliver, but it still seems early.
 

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A little sleuthing on classic mini sites turned up the following pics taken on Thurs 1/24 and Fri 1/25 on the Southampton docks. The first photo shows a Wallenius Wilhelmsen freighter in the background, that checking their website shows a picture of the Figaro having the same lifeboat stowage on the stern as the ship in the photo. The W-W sailing schedule shows the Figaro leaving Southampton on 1/27 and arriving NY/NJ on 2/4.









Thanks to David at www.barnhillminis.co.uk ,purveyor of classic minis, for posting these pics on their website!
 

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Wow! Nicely done.

A few more questions:

Are the MINIs parked still in England?
If so, why is there a truck behind them with several VERY American cars.
Or, are these shots already in NJ!

But yes, obviously US spec, by the reflectors on the flares.
 

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Sweet... they are coming.

I can't wait to see one in person. I haven't been this excited over a car since the Miata.:) Oh, I still love and will keep my '99 Miata, but I'm eyeing a MINI Cooper or even a MINI Cooper S to go with my Miata and Jetta.

The MINI and Miata will be for fun... the Jetta for the long commutes.

Are there any MIN's for viewing in the Bay Area? I work up there half the week and would like to stop by and check one out in person.

Are dealers keeping the MRSP? Or are they "jacking" the price already?

I always had white cars, but that yellow is calling me.:D
 

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Garfield said:
Wow! Nicely done.

A few more questions:

Are the MINIs parked still in England?

No. There on a Slow Boat to China :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
 

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Thank you Karmuze. Very good sleuthing! :D
 

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Help

Hey

An Italian friend of mine lives in New York, he owns a garbage business, would be willing to help you unload a few of MINIs from the docks when they arrive.

You can trust him..OK OK!

;)
 

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Originally posted by Garfield
Ok, the obvious questions... Isn't this a little early? I know it takes time to prep and deliver, but it still seems early
Earlier comments on this forum seem to point to March 21-22nd for Press Introduction, Russ Swift being in the US, and dealer grand openings.

If you allow: 3 days for clearing customs, 14 days for Pre-Delivery Insp, 7 days waiting for replacement parts to arrive from Cowley, 14 days for transport to dealers, 7 days displayed under cover to pique public interest at the dealer, you arrive at March 21st. Remember, that with MINI USA personnel doing these processes for the first time, the learning curve will be slow initially.


Originally posted by Garfield
Are the MINIs parked still in England?
If so, why is there a truck behind them with several VERY American cars.
No. I would guess that the US SUV & van on the transporter belong to TYPICAL Americans, needing to cling to their massively overweight vehicles when travelling overseas, returning stateside from holidays or military duty.
 

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Based on the third picture, I just switched from dark silver to electric blue on my "S".
 

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Originally posted by BruceK:

Make mine a Dark Silver Cooper S with the Sport Package.
Sorry Bruce, I got dibs on the DS Cooper S, since I saw it first and there is only one. But, could I interest you in a 60's classic lt. blue 1000 or an island blue MK11 instead? If so, just send me a check for 8000 squid or USD equiv., and I will guarantee delivery to the nearest Texas MINI dealer for you to collect! :D :D
 

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I see

Originally posted by Garry:
Hey

An Italian friend of mine lives in New York, he owns a garbage business, would be willing to help you unload a few of MINIs from the docks when they arrive.

You can trust him..OK OK!
Does this friend go by the nick name "Vinny One Eye" and does he run an after hours auto relocation business on the side in partnership with a couple of longshoremen?
 

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karmuze said:

Sorry Bruce, I got dibs on the DS Cooper S, since I saw it first and there is only one. But, could I interest you in a 60's classic lt. blue 1000 or an island blue MK11 instead? If so, just send me a check for 8000 squid or USD equiv., and I will guarantee delivery to the nearest Texas MINI dealer for you to collect! :D :D
I already have a classic Mini - '65 Morris wagon and I recently sold another classic Mini, late model Rover Cooper, so thanks, but no thanks.

I've got prime space roped off in my garage just for a new Cooper S - nothing else will do. :)

And, if only there were some MINI dealers in Texas. (sigh :( )
 

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I'm glad there are people out there who are as preoccupied about the new Mini as I am. I'don't know how you put all this information together but thank you. I am concerned that I didn't see a red s. The electric blue is a fine looking car, but just not my style. Noticed that I could only find one black roof. Also didn't see any sunroofs, but they my have that white plastic coverning on them.(I don't want a sun roof.)I will be very intrested to see how long it takes for these cars to get to the showrooms and out the door. Curious to know why they're shipping Ses at same time as regular cooper, unless they are just the demonstrators that have been mentioned before. Thanks again for putting that all together for us.

15th on list for an S.
 

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They are pre-specs...

According to my source, the Coopers are the pre spec one for the US dealers, the S"s are for the "arrive and drive" to be held for the dealer sales network on March 3rd. Some will make it to the automotive journalists for testing after that I am sure.
 

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thanks for the bit of sunshine in my otherwise dull work monday...oh well, just a few more mini-dollars earned
 

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karmuze said:
I see



Does this friend go by the nick name "Vinny One Eye" and does he run an after hours auto relocation business on the side in partnership with a couple of longshoremen?
Hey, how do you know Vinny?

He specialises in Ferrari's but he reckons that the Cooper S is going to pretty popular and wants to get his hands on one or two.

He wants to move them on quickly and is willing to negotiate a good price for cash.
 
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