SEARCH­ING FOR THE HOP­KINS MINI

Read­ers urged to help lo­cate iconic Mini.

Mini Magazine - - Mini Scene -

Al Clin­ton, whose Ri­ley Elf was fea­tured a cou­ple of years back, is look­ing for Mini

Mag­a­zine read­ers’ help to find the ‘Hop­kins Mini’. Pre­vi­ously owned by James Hop­kins, its cus­to­dian was his hoarder brother John, who re­fused to sell this 1963/4 Fi­esta Yel­low Austin Mini Su­per Deluxe with Pow­der Blue in­te­rior to Al when he was old enough to drive it!

Al re­mem­bers that as a child grow­ing in the early ’70s, he would play in this Mini hop­ing one day he would own it. Af­ter all, it was sat in a friend’s garage from the mid ’60s to the 2000s, had just 6,000 odd miles on the clock and even had the orig­i­nal bill of sale still in the door pocket!

When John passed away, his wife Anne sold the Mini to a fa­ther and son on the Wir­ral. Sadly, Ann de­vel­oped Alzheimer’s and passed away be­fore Al could gather any in­for­ma­tion, and de­spite con­tact­ing all of Ann and John’s kids and even the orig­i­nal owner, brother James, none of them could re­mem­ber the reg­is­tra­tion or any in­for­ma­tion on this Mini. De­spite these set­backs, Al is still keen to lo­cate the car as he’s des­per­ate to own it.

Al’s Ri­ley Elf, as fea­tured in Mini Mag­a­zine.

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