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1968 Morris Mini Mk III

Vehicle Story

Introducing 'Rosebud,' a classic Morris Mini Mk III. Don’t be fooled by the name or the car. It might look cute and adorable, but this is a real tough guy’s car. Clint Eastwood owned a Mini, Paul Newman owned a Mini and Steve McQueen had one. Even Enzo Ferrari drove a Mini as his daily driver. Then again so did Princess Diana, three out of four Beatles and Peter Sellers, so the common denominator there may just be good taste... and perhaps bravery. Handling is lightning quick—it takes both hands and both feet and considerable courage to drive a classic Mini. Regardless, the original Mini was appreciated and revered by true car enthusiasts. It was also known as a "giant killer" on the racetrack, taking on (and beating!) Mustangs, Cameros and cars with 5 times the horsepower. Minis came in 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Monte Carlo Rally three years in a row, winning outright against the best America and Europe had to offer. First introduced in 1959, they continued virtually unchanged until the end of production in 2000. While quite rare in the U.S., over 5 million were built and remain fairly common in the rest of the world. I laid eyes on my first Mini in 1967 and knew that one day I would own one. I've had Rosebud for ten years now and drive her almost daily. Aside from being peppered with questions from strangers at grocery stores and gas stations, I've never enjoyed a car as much as I do Rosebud.

  • Year 1968
  • Make Morris
  • Model Mini Mk III
  • Exterior Color Red
  • Interior Color Black
Would I consider selling it?
Don't even ask!