Project Description

The time capsule

One of my personal bugbears is the over-restoration of a car, which often destroys any character it once had.

Thankfully, the owner of this fab little Mk1 Austin Mini Cooper S knows how special the car is, and is happy to leave its battle scars and patina in place. And it just oozes period charm.

It’s loaded with rare-as-rocking-horse-shit accessories, from the stickers in the windows to the Krooklock on the back seat – still in its original vinyl bag.

I was lucky enough to spend a day shooting this little terrier and it didn’t fail to put a smile on the face of anyone who saw it. Even the sun god decided to bless us with his company.

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As if this car wasn’t wonderful enough, the backseat is only signed by genuine motorsport royalty.

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Transport for the day was a 2015 Mini Cooper S, so it was fun to stick them next to each other to see what fifty years of car development looks like.

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Yep, cars have definitely got bigger.

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