RARE SUR­VIVOR

pre­served mini­van

Mini Magazine - - Front Page -

Ev­ery­one has at least one mate who spends their days on the road be­hind the wheel of a van. Of­ten their ve­hi­cle of choice is through ne­ces­sity rather than per­sonal taste, but there are, how­ever, quite a few of us who have elected to put a com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle to use as our daily driver. And that makes a lot of sense when you think about it – gone are the wor­ries of car park dents, and you can chuck stuff in the back with­out dam­ag­ing del­i­cate trim or fab­rics too.

But how about a Mini­van – surely you’d be just as pre­cious over one of those as a reg­u­lar daily drive Mini? Maybe to­day, but Mini­vans were treated just like any other com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle over the years.

Whether it’s panel dam­age as a con­se­quence of care­less driv­ing, tatty in­te­ri­ors or even me­chan­i­cal ne­glect, the chances are that you’ll need to invest a fair amount of work to get a weath­ered Mini­van back into good shape. It would seem that the only way to en­sure it all runs as smoothly as the day that it left the fac­tory would be to go back in time, buy one from new and to never put it into ac­tive ser­vice! Surely no­body bought a brand new Mini­van to use ex­clu­sively as their ‘ reg­u­lar’ car though, right? Wrong...

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