I love this car.
Sure it has 145k miles, some form of damage on every panel, rust spots on the hood, roof, and door, the driving lights shake like jello in an earthquake (who would have thought factory brackets wouldn’t have been strong enough for the bigger Hellas?), and everything in the interior squeaks.
But it has tons of personality. It’s basically a FWD puppy. It tries really hard to be fast but ends up just bouncing from corner to corner making wonderful growling noises. Flooring it in second with the windows down never fails to put a smile on my face and the fact that it isn’t actually fast means I can floor it without getting into trouble. Sure a Cooper S is faster but I don’t really care. I love hustling MY Cooper around. It’s certainly going to be part of my garage for a very long time.