When Bart Vanreusel of Belgium tipped me off about an article on Mini derivatives in German magazine 'British Classics' this weekend, I rushed to the main newsagent here in Amsterdam to get it. And I wasn't disappointed. The cover article is laid out over nos less then 10 pages with the 4 major players in the Mini derivatives market of the 1980s-1990s as stars: the Midas Mk1; GTM Coupe, Mini Marcos Mk5 and GTM Rossa Mk2. A good mix with two of them front wheel driven and two with the engines placed at the mid/rear. Above that they are beautifully photographed by Stephan Lindloff with words (richly quoting from a certain book) by Karin Riess. What surprised me most was that all cars, with their German and Austrian owners and photographed in Germany, are on British registrations. I wonder if you can simply insure and drive these cars in Germany on foreign plates? That would mean importing them is real easy.
UPDATE 12 December 2011: Andreas Klein adds: "Just a short answer about the foreign plates. It is not legal to own and use cars in Germany with British plates. I wondered about this too, but have no explanation. Maybe they did it just for the pictures?"
4 Mini derivatives in big article. 'Die kleinen Strolche' means 'The little rascals'
Featured Mini Marcos is an early Mk5 of 1992-vintage. Buy the magazine here