My parents have said they will by me a car for my 30th. I'm looking at a budget of around 8K. I love old cars with soul, I already have a beaten up polo as a commuting car so I want a mini as something I will actually enjoy driving but something I don't have to drive on salted roads, wet roads or hammer up and down th A1M. I really enjoy working on my polo at a fairly amateur level and I like the idea of something without an onboard computer (i.e. carburettor rather than fuel injection) but that is still quite nippy and has a 'sporty' feel. So with that in mind, I have a few questions:
1) What year/model does not come with an injection engine? Are the rover minis superior technically to the Austin ones?
2) How easy are minis to work on compared with, say, my 2002 vw polo?
3) How much of a problem is rust if you only drive in the dry? I don't have a garage but am thinking in investing in a good rain cover and getting the underside coated.
4) What can I expect for my budget? I don't care about rarity, I just want something that will put a smile on my face when I drive it.
Thanks in advance for answers to any of these questions or any that I haven't thought about yet!