1993. I was looking for my first car and my mate worked with a guy who was selling a 1977 Mini 1000 with a funky exhaust*. Took it to some side roads and I test drove it - I kept changing into first instead of third as I couldn't figure out the wide gearshift gate (the last car I drove beforehand was a Citroen BX). However, once I got the hang of it I knew I had to make it mine, so 3 days later I picked it up after work.
*the funky exhaust was due to the backbox blowing on the standard one piece system. As they didn't have a new system in stock (the previous owner worked with my mate at a tyre/exhaust place), they looked around the stores to see what would fit. A reversed Subaru flat four front pipe with middle box was perfect and gave twin upswept rear pipes about 12 inches apart. Sounded lovely!!
Edited by MrBounce, 21 March 2019 - 09:49 PM.