When it comes to replicas the new Rule of Great Escape dictates that one exception proves the rule. Minis. Everyone wants a Mini Cooper, at least everyone who has ever watched The Italian Job does, and frankly, who hasn't? Consequently the cost of proper original Mini Coopers is astronomical - £5,000 will just about buy you barn find basket case, £20,000 is nearer the mark for a decent one. Compared to standard Minis of the period or even 90s Mini Coopers, the price for an original, genuine car redefines the meaning of Premium.
So when it came to thinking about what to add next to the Great Escape classic car hire fleet and the word 'Mini' came up we faced a dilemma. For a £20,000 investment we'd need to hire the car out at somewhere between £200 and £300 a day. For a Mini. We realised that wasn't going to work. We looked at later 90s Coopers. Despite the popularity of our 2000 model at our Northants site we wanted something different - simpler and closer in feel to the original. Which meant treading a well worn path and creating a Cooper replica. Taking a standard classic Mini and Cooper-ising it is relatively easy and would enable us to offer a classic Cooper experience for less than £100 a day. A result for us and our customers.
It may not be a Cooper but when we can hire it for a fraction of the price of an original, who really, honestly actually cares? I don't and I have never been a replica fan. But I absolutely love our new Mini (and, whisper it, I've never been into Minis). In fact, if it's free I take it home - my two mile commute transforms from a windy country road into a stage of the Monte Carlo rally. Well, a bit anyway.
The Mini is available to hire from our Cotswolds classic car hire site and is in immaculate condition. But don't let that put you off - just jump in and enjoy. Hire costs £95 for 24 hours or £160 for 48 hours and includes a full 24 hrs use for every hire day, unlimited mileage and full UK breakdown cover. Comprehensive insurance for 1 driver is included in the price and extra drivers can be added for £25 each.
To find out more visit http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk or call 01527 893733.