This decrepit motor was only the eighth to be made in the UK when it rolled off the production line in 1959 and is thought to be the oldest unrestored Mini in existence. Despite its condition the Mini is being described as a 'classic'.
BMW has announced a new pay offer following discussions with the UNITE union, in the hope that a strike at its Mini plant in Oxford can be avoided. In a joint statement the company said:
Workers at the Mini car plant in Cowley near Oxford have rejected a pay offer. This raises the threat of the first strike at the factory since 1984.