SEARCHING FOR THE HOPKINS MINI
Readers urged to help locate iconic Mini.
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.