old minis are becoming rare buy a later mini to bugger about with
Hear here, Sid. You are quite right.
Hello HUNTSMAN, you lucky fellow; hen's teeth aren't as rare as an unmodded early Mini.
That said, I'm sorry if you find this unkind, but if you aren't going to preserve an cherish a 1960 Mini, you don't deserve to own it and ought to sell it to someone who will.
I’d agree if it were a 1959 but a 1960 isn’t all that special or particularly more valuable compared with any other later mk1. To say you don’t deserve to own it is a bit harsh! You can own and respectfully modify an early car whilst still cherishing it surely?
Don’t get me wrong it has to be respectfully modified not butchered etc.
Some of the nicest most appreciated cars are the modified 850s and makes them more interesting to own and drive.
Oh dear; Have I dug myself in to a hole ?
Although it did not concur with some other Mini enthusiasts, my post agreed with Sid.
I respect your opinions, but I do not regret forcefully expressing mine, to the very fortunate owner, that although others have said they feel that it is his to do with as he wishes, with "A Very Original Car", there is virtue in staying his hand, which is an answer to one of the questions
I agree that using the word "deserve" is harsh, but deliberately so, to contrast with what I felt were some rather 'wishy-washy post by others, as he at present seems undecided and may not have a nostalgic Mini owner's hindsight of early Minis being altered.
Dave asked a question (maybe of many) about upgrades, and in reply it is the opinion of two of us that it would be preferable to both of us, without knowledge of how extensive the upgrades might be, if one of the more plentiful newer Minis was, as Sid bluntly put it, **gg***d up. rather than one of the fewer early ones.
I would be delighted if Dave were able to retain, enjoy and appreciate his fairly rare existing car in it's present state, and perhaps also become fortunate enough to own and enjoy a more modern Mini that might well incorporate upgrades that he is considering.
Over time, most owners tire of their cars and wish to own something different. I very much hope that Dave doesn't tire of his, and by coming here, finds that some of us are envious of what he is fortunate to have.