Monthly Archives: June 2010


collectible of the day: MINI United 2007 mirror caps

MINI United 2007 mirror caps
For each MINI United festival (2005, 2007, and 2009), MINI has created special souvenir side mirror caps.  In March we featured the MINI United 2009 mirror caps.

MINI United 2007 took place exactly three years ago today.  The international festival ran from June 22-24, 2007.

Shown here are the mirror caps from MINI United 2007.  The simple design features a black and orange checker pattern and “MINI UNITED” with “ZANDVOORT”, the Dutch city near Amsterdam which was the location for MINI United 2007.  They were available for purchase at the event.


collectible of the day: MINI 50 Years book

MINI 50 Years book
MINI 50 Years by Rob Golding is an interesting little book with a clever hardcover case.  The bright yellow cover has a magnetic closure and is opened by lifting the bonnet section (to uncover the MINI engine) and then the main cover to uncover the glossy softcover book inside.

Published in 2007, the fifty years covered in this book stretch from the concept in 1956 through the MINI models of 2006 (rather than the usual 1969-2009 celebration from the original launch).

After an introduction titled “Mini Trinity: Classic, Current, and Future” the chapters are:

  1. Issigonis starts work
  2. BL to BMW
  3. Making It
  4. Cooper’s the Name. Speed Is the Game
  5. The Man Behind the Brand
  6. The Man Behind the Style
  7. Hello again, Sir. Now What?
  8. Mini and the Coachbuilding Tradition
  9. Get Involved: A Guide to Learning More and Seeing Other Dimensions of the Mini Tradition
  10. The Men from the MINIstry in Munich
  11. What’s Next?
  12. What’s New?

Golding, Rob
MINI 50 Years
St. Paul, MN: Motorbooks, 2007.
176 p.
ISBN-10: 0760326274, ISBN-13: 978-0760326275

MINI 50 Years book page 7

MINI 40 years book page 12


collectible of the day: MINI Takes the States 2008 grille badge

MINI Takes the States 2008 grille badge
The second of the four regional events for MINI Takes the States 2008 began two years ago today in Boston (it ran from June 20-22, 2008). So today we feature another collectible from MTTS 2008.

For sale at the festival was this MINI Takes the States 2008 grille badge.  The shiny metal grille badge in the design of the MTTS 2008 logo featured the names of the four hosting cities: Miami, Boston, Chicago, and LA.

The MTTS 2008 grille badge sold for $20.00.


collectible of the day: MINI. IS IT LOVE? tattoo

MINI. IS IT LOVE? tattoo (front)

MINI. IS IT LOVE? tattoo

Last month we featured a pair of TATTOO FOR YOU! tattoos.  Above is a single temporary tattoo from Germany from the “MINI. IS IT LOVE?” campaign.  The tattoo consists of the MINI wings logo with “MINI. IS IT LOVE?” below.

The phrase “…WOHIN DU WILLST” means “…WHEREVER YOU WANT”.  “TATTOOT ECH NICHT WEH!” translates to “TATTOOS REALLY NOT PAINFUL!”.


collectible of the day: MINI United 2005 bag

MINI United 2005 bagMINI United 2005 bag
Items from major MINI events are always interesting collectibles.

Today we feature the MINI United 2005 bag.  This denim shoulder bag has an adjustable strap and a metal zipper.  One side of the bag has “MINI UNITED” printed up the side in red with a smaller “2005” in white near the bottom.  The other side has a large graphic MINI in green, white, and red like the Italian flag because MINI United 2005 took place in Misano, Italy.


collectible of the day: LET’S MOTOR poster set

LET'S MOTOR poster (bee)

LET'S MOTOR poster (conga)

Back in 2003, MINI USA offered this set of four posters with a minimalistic, whimsical design.  The set measured 36″ wide by 24″ high and consisted of:

  • Bee / Liquid Yellow and Black MINI Cooper S
  • Conga Drum / Liquid Yellow and White MINI Cooper S
  • Boxing Glove / Chili Red and White MINI Cooper
  • Match Stick / Chili Red and White MINI Cooper

MINI USA catalog number: 99 00 0 003 472.  Original price was $16.95 for the set of four posters.

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collectible of the day: MINI Financial Services brochures (2007-2008)

THERE'S AN EASIER WAY TO GET YOUR HANDS ON A MINI.MORE ACTION FOR LESS JACKSONS.RAISE DA ROOF. LOWER DA PAYMENT.STEER YOUR MINI FROM HOME.
Today we have a collection of MINI Financial Services brochures from 2007 and 2008.  They are sometimes included with your statement if you have the MINI VISA card.

STEER YOUR MINI FROM HOME.
Manage your account, make a payment, meet other motorers and stay up-to-date at the MINI Owners’ Lounge. Consider it your driver’s seat away from your driver’s seat.

This folded brochure has information about the MINI Owners’ Lounge.

RAISE DA ROOF.
LOWER DA PAYMENT.

The information includes PARTY LEASE, PREPAID LEASE, and MINI SELECT.

MORE ACTION FOR LESS JACKSONS.

This folded brochure features a Hot Chocolate MINI Clubman.

THERE’S AN EASIER WAY TO GET YOUR HANDS ON A MINI.

A folded brochure with information about leasing or financing a MINI.


collectible of the day: The Idiosyncrasies of Your New MINI (2005)

The Idiosyncrasies of Your New MINI (2005)In January we featured the original Top 10 Idiosyncrasies of Your New MINI brochure.
The second version, created in 2005 for the refreshed first-generation MINI, was called THE IDIOSYNCRASIES OF YOUR NEW MINI.  This version did not have the paper sleeve, but was a larger, single-fold sheet.

The 2005 version covers:

  • YOUR SEAT HAS A MEMORY.
  • FLAT TIRE MONITOR BUTTON.
  • SEAT HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT.
  • WHERE’S THE CLOCK?
  • BONNET RELEASE.
  • WHAT’S THE LITTLE “BUTTON” ON THE TOP OF THE DASH?
  • DASHBOARD DIMMER SWITCH.
  • POWER STEERING.
  • ICY WARNING.
  • GETTING OUT.

Download the THE IDIOSYNCRASIES OF YOUR NEW MINI.


global MINI sales for May 2010

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

With 18,848 (prev. yr. 18,349) sales worldwide in May, MINI brand volumes were 2.7% higher. The MINI Clubman was purchased by 7.7% (3,624 / prev. yr. 3,366) more customers than in the same period last year. MINI’s traditionally best-selling Hatch versions also made gains in May. The 12,298 deliveries (prev. yr. 11,930) of this model represent an increase of 3.1%.

May 2010 May 2009 change year-to-date 2010 year-to-date 2009 change
18,848 18,349 2.7% 86,099 79,261 8.6%

See all MINI sales worldwide by month.