Road Trip Outtake: Mini with Minilites – Brilliant!

Now here’s a sight one doesn’t often see on the highways of the Middle West; a RHD Mini wearing native UK plates. I caught this nice example motoring up I-55 near Springfield, IL – perhaps he’s on holiday to take in some Abraham Lincoln history?

While I’m no Mini expert, it appears this car (perhaps a Mark III?) has undergone some extensive modding: in addition to the Minilites, the wheel arches don’t appear to match the ones on production cars, and the distinctive seam that normally carries down the A-pillar appears to have been shaved. One of 5,378,776 Minis produced over a 41 year production run, it was a pleasure to see (and hear its throaty growl!) this example.