2 August 2004

The Mini Convertible is already shaping up to be one of this year’s most sought-after cars, with no hope of taking delivery of a Cooper (above) or Cooper S (right) version until next March. Mini dealers we talked to had been inundated with orders, meaning that this year’s allocation has already been sold. The most hopeful answer was from a central London dealer who reckoned we could take delivery of a £14,625 Cooper in January, ‘but only if we manage to get through the backlog quicker’.

Huge demand is letting the speculators have things all their own way. Classified adverts are already crammed with cars for immediate delivery for at least £1000 over list.

There is salvation, though, if you are prepared to settle for the lower-powered and lower-priced £13,325 One Convertible. Several London salesmen we spoke to reckoned that an order placed this month would secure a car for delivered as early as October. One Salisbury dealer even had two cars in stock for immediate delivery.

With waiting lists building up, the chances of getting a discount on a Mini Convertible are currently zero. But if you are prepared to wait, it looks like being a car that won’t depreciate for at least 12 months.

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