A CRY FOR THE COOPER CONVERTIBLE

SO…WHY DOES A CONVERTIBLE ALLUDE A HIGH CALIBER OF CLASS? IT’S UNBELIEVABLE WHAT A DIFFERENCE A MISSING ROOF MAKES. US BRITS JUST LUST FOR THAT DREAM OF ROAMING ROUND EUROPEAN ROADS IN A FABULOUS CAR. SO NATURALLY WHEN WE GET PLUNGED BACK INTO THE REALITY OF OUR WITHERING WINDS AND AWFUL WEATHER, A LITTLE MINI COOPER CONVERTIBLE EVER SO SLIGHTLY BRINGS BACK THE NOSTALGIA OF SUMMER.

Adapted from the Morris Mini Minor in 1959, it was born into the sizzling sixties as the car of style. Its compatibility and its charming aesthetics made it Britain’s best-selling car in history. It’s compatibility with Mary Quant’s mini skirt, made it not just a way of travel. It was a statement – especially the colours available and option of the Union Jack made the invention unassailably British. Evidently now it’s not the same entity it was back then. Owned by BMW in the present, the aesthetics, engines and doors were all altered over a twenty year period.

Let’s face it; it’s probably the best icon to emerge from the naughties. This is a necessity and truly is a toy that you could do with…it’s loyal, won’t run you down and will keep you safe. So what makes it so damn timeless today? Like all re-vamped pieces, it’s important to stay true to roots. The Mini still evokes the small yet nifty ability to squeeze into the silliest of parking spaces and the ease of driving a car, rather than a honking tractor.

Embedded in its aesthetics, class is effectively what this baby is all about. The interior is makes this number a perfect fashion accessory; decorated in aluminium and with supple luxury seats. Everything has been put together for you to have the drive that just oozes indulgence. Technology features make it a triumph, and its four seats enable you to cruise friends and family with ease.

We women personalise everything; phone cases, jewellery, bags, hell, we even have Starbucks coffee cups made to fit. This customisation made it tantalisingly tempting and from 2000, punters swamped showrooms for that nostalgia drive from the sixties. If you live for colour co-ordination, then channel your enthusiasm in the Mini. With an abundance of options to customise ever detail to your preference, you can pop and play with colour in your travel. Like a Vivienne Westwood piece, it’s always fun and you can rely on the name.

It’s affordable too – one doesn’t need a gold mine to exude glamour for £18,000-25,000. In addition the 2015 version now is available with a diesel engine – ideal for lower running costs. The blend of both Mini and BMW intelligence (brake energy regeneration and stop-start functions) has produced a greener car that is economical.

It just yells sophistication, just even upon seeing those two silver wings sparkle is enough to set my heart racing, let alone the car. I’d recommended teasing the capability of its 0-62mph in 9.8 seconds in the country though; you’d be silly to be stuck in a snail’s pace in the city. Unlike the chaps at Top Gear, I haven’t given this car a Stig-worthy spin; I’m purely giving a guide on luxury, look and love for this automobile.  Nevertheless go on, have a go and do the British name some justice.

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