The first member of my teenage peer group to acquire four wheels had the 70s version of this car. (He also had the Kate Bush-in-a-leotard poster Blu-Tacked to the ceiling above his bed.) My god he was popular as we'd pile into the back of his used £500 brown Mini and he'd whizz us all off to parties where we'd get stuck into the Twiglets and the Long Life, while he'd be responsibly sipping on a Coke. Party on, Wayne.
It all ended in grief on one fateful journey with three of us cavorting in the back when the rusty sub-frame snapped. I can still recall the sickening downward jolt. Cost him £400 in welding to fix, when £400 was a lot of money. He later bought a Renault Fuego.
I digress towards nostalgia because this is what this vehicle is all about - heritage. Mini has done terrifically well for BMW since it was taken over in the mid-90s. Standard Minis are fun but small. The Clubman is the largest version yet with six doors and four windscreen wipers.