Regular readers will not be surprised … a comment in GBMINIs specification back in 2003 (would have liked to order a Chili Red MINI with red interior) and other hints posted more recently … so today is the day that I committed to replacing GBMINI#2.
With another MINI of course:
I have been debating this almost since the ’05s came out and allowed a red interior on the MCS. For a while I wondered about a convertible – but for some unexplained reason you cannot have red seats on the convertible in USA (although you can in England!)
Today I had Scott at MINI Peabody cost out the parts to upgrade the seating and at an estimated $3K+ I abandoned that idea.
With nothing much else to decide, I placed an order with Joel and got a production number – with luck, GBMINI#3 will arrive in time for my birthday in early April.
Here are GBMINI#3 specifications …
2005 MINI Cooper S, Chili Red, Black Roof
Red/Black cloth/leather interior, Anthracite headliner, body color trim
Chrome exterior & interior
MFSW, manual a/c, on-board computer (no sunroof)
DSC, xenon headlamps, front & rear foglamps, 16″ wheels
Cold weather package (heated seats, mirrors & washer jets)
Dimming rearview mirror, rain sensing wipers, auto headlamps
I debated forever about the transmission – no doubt there will be dissenting comments but I drive very lazily and I still don’t shift as smoothly as I would like with the “wrong” hand in this country; I have not driven an auto but feedback from the techs at MINI Peabody (thanks Bob & Dave) indicates I won’t be disappointed. Thanks also to Keith for reassurance this afternoon.
So if anyone wants a nice 2003 Indi Blue MCS with many upgrades including JCW, let me know 😉