• Feb 19, 2007
A few of us around Autoblog HQ have an affinity for some of the more diminutive automotive offerings. When it comes to the classic Mini, it just doesn't seem to get any better. Although its current iteration is one of the great vehicles to come out this century, they look downright bloated compared to this 1972, Canadian-spec Austin Mini, owned by AB reader Adam.

He purchased the Mini back in 1998 and in 2005 it underwent a full restoration, which Adam describes as the "Joan Rivers cosmetic makeover." The exterior has been bathed in Lotus green, keeping with its British heritage, while the original 998cc has been dispatched in favor of a rebuilt 1293cc unit. In addition to the upgraded mill, Adam sliced open the roof and fitted it with a custom sliding canvas top, as well as upgrading the stock 10-inch rollers with 12-inch wheels all around.

We like it, a lot, so it gets the distinction of being today's Reader Ride of the Day.

Follow the jump for a rear shot, along with directions on how to submit your own ride to be selected as our RR of the Day.



How to submit to RR of the Day:
Create a
Flickr account if you don't already have one. Search for and join the group called 'Autoblog RR of the Day'. Upload up to three photos of your ride to your own account at a size no larger than 450 pixels wide if possible and include as much information about it and yourself as you can. Click on each photo and just above the picture it will say "Send to group". Click that and select the Autoblog group. You're done, that's it! We love seeing what YOU drive, so please keep those submissions coming!


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I want it!
      • 7 Years Ago
      While we're plugging micro car museume why not go here too... http://www.lanemotormuseum.com/

      Nashville, TN's best kept secret!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sweet! Rolling on twelves. One of the best mods you can do to a mini is to fit a twin tone air horn. No one expects that noise to come from such a small car. Also, you've GOT to fit the big long bendy radio antenna that loops from the front of the car over the roof then reattaches to the rear rain gutter.
      • 7 Years Ago
      P.S. The Mini is sweet too! I want, I want! I need, I need! Gimme, gimme, gimme!
      • 7 Years Ago
      nice car, we still have 2 of them in portugal, at a garage. unfortunately they are just a piece of junk now.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wish our mini was running. We're currently getting the front end fixed, because my brother Joe crashed it into a wall. He's okay, but he will never drive on that off ramp again. He gets scared. By the way, the top is what we have on our mini, plus the 12 inch wheels. But it is red.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now I'm waiting for one of the many Detroit neanderthal posters to explain to us all how the idea for this car was actually stolen from an American. LOL
      • 7 Years Ago
      NOW! THATS A MINI!!! Zaweat!

      • 7 Years Ago
      Absolutely Beautiful! I had a mini as my first car (back in the uk) and have been trying to get hold of one since, and that is a perfect example! Amazing
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is the reader ride of the week.
      • 7 Years Ago
      An original Mini has been my dream car since I was a teen. I'd love to have one just like this, but with a solid roof.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i'd like to know more about that merc in the background.
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