Who wouldn’t be enchanted with an old Mini Cooper in wonderful condition? I spotted this beauty in a row of these fabulous cars at the Manningtree Vehicle show last weekend. I’ve never owned a Mini but I’ve always been very partial to them. Unfortunately just after I learnt to drive my friend, who was driving a Vauxhall Nova, smacked into one which disintegrated before our eyes. This planted the seed of doubt in the back of my mind about their safety. I’ve never looked up their safety record and I’d hate to see that happen to a beautiful care like this one, but perhaps I’d be better off buying one of the new ones when it comes time to buy another car.