Spy Photos: 2009 Mini Convertible

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My love of the Mini has been documented in more places than I ever hoped possible, so of course I'm excited to see BMW already well underway on plans to make a more-precise version of the Mini cabrio for the adoring masses of micro machine lovers. Although the mule in the photos is relatively complete-looking, the folks at Motoring File believe this drop-top won't be dropping onto dealer lots for quite some time — say Spring of 2009. I guess that means you Mini-heads may have to hold onto that microgasm in your pockets for just a little while longer. In the meantime, check out the pictures Straightline's procured via the link below.

FV Report: First spy shots of Mini convertible [Straightline]

Over the Back Fence: Mini to Call Wagon Clubman, Launch it in 2008 [internal]


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LA Stunt Double

As much as I like the new Mini, and as much as I like the idea of a new Mini convertible, the execution just leaves me a little sour. It has too much 1980's VW rabbit cabrio to it- that huge swath of canvas that has nowhere to go but into the rear view mirror space. In the age of elegant retractable hardtops (even on a miata!) is there no better solution?

We were very close to getting one, but I couldn't get over that odd top.

The beautiful used Z3 was our answer, thank you BMW (S.C. division.)