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New MINI Clubvan Concept

The MINI Clubvan Concept makes me feel like a time traveller.

By Stephen Turvil
Mar 12, 2012
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The MINI Clubvan Concept makes me feel like a time traveller. It looks, after all, remarkably similar to its now classic predecessors that delivered the goods from 1960 to 1983. This workhorse was popular thanks to its rock-bottom price tag, large load area, low running costs, and stylish looks. It was used by the Police, the armed forces, and the Post Office – and these mile-munchers even served as AA and RAC patrol vehicles. Others found work delivering TVs, furniture, and food. They were, as such, more popular than The Beetles. And not the kind with lots of legs that scurry around - the million-selling pop group.

The MINI Clubvan Concept is based on the Clubman Estate, so any forthcoming production version should have composed and entertaining handling. It would also be easy to drive through town as – despite the large cargo area – it only measures 3.96 metres. The Concept has a pleasant cabin too, with high-quality fabrics and plenty of equipment. What a contrast to the 1960s version. Other nice touches include the: flat load area, split rear doors, and the partitioning to separate motorists from cargo. This load-lugger also has unbroken areas on the sides to accommodate large business logos. Hurray for time travel.

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By Stephen Turvil
Mar 12, 2012