Matt hankers after a modified pickup, but insurance prices mean he’s stuck in a ‘standard’ car for a few more years yet. In the meantime he loves his 1995 Rover Mini Cooper. Initially built for the Japanese market, Matt’s car has the air-con that was standard for that market, and benefits from the tiny mileages covered over there – when re-imported to the UK in 2006, the car had only completed 6,000km (under 4,000 miles) from new.
Since returning home, a further 27,000km have been added (it’s still running on a km mileometer) bringing it up to a grand total of around 21,000 miles. As you’d expect with that mileage it’s in fine order pretty much everywhere, but Matt is planning to repaint some of the car this winter because the Japanese sun has faded the BRG paint. Following in his dad’s footsteps, he’s already started pot-hunting with it!