How could anyone climb into a Mondeo instead of that ace mini?!
Easily. He does a fair mileage and works as a trainee building surveyor (almost fully qualified now) so he visits sites, goes to meetings, travels to college, and has a busy social life.
His Mondeo is a 2008 Titanium X 6-Speed Auto Diesel. It has air con, built-in sat nav, does almost 50 mpg, 2000 rpm in top is about 70 mph, it is superbly comfortable, will cruise at 70 to 80 mph all day long on a motorway with no effort. It is almost totally reliable, doesn't need greasing every 1500 miles, is strong, safe and not susceptible to corrosion. In fact it is not a 55-year-old designed classic car, it is a modern car for modern work and pleasure.
He can drive my Cooper 'S' whenever he likes and my 850 when it is finished. But he (and I) are restoring his 1971 MGB-GT and that will be superb when finished as a 'fun' classic car with no rust, fully re-painted, engine rebuilt to give c.125 6 carbs., up-rated suspension & brakes and re-trimmed. Gearbox is 4-speed with over-drive, giving 6 gears and it will be able to cruise well.