Thanks to AROnline reader Chris Chapman for this week’s rather quirky discovery, which puts a whole new slant on the concept of grey imports…
When is a Mini not a Mini? There’s certainly some Mini DNA in this week’s online auction discovery, but under the skin it’s a 660cc Daihatsu Mira – one of Japan’s most popular K-cars. Building on Japan’s love of the original Mini, the front end of BMC’s finest is grafted on to the body of Daihatsu’s commercial variant of the Mira – the Mira van, popular among roadside traders in the country’s congested capital, Tokyo.
At six grand, this is a reasonably affordable way of creating a distinctive and quirky business vehicle, or for transporting all your Mini bits to an autojumble – even if it is faking it somewhat. And as for the coffee van idea? It wouldn’t surprise us if these start cropping up at classic car shows across the country next season, as the dealer is importing others as well…
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