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Hello from the beautiful Engadin valley in Switzerland.

I've recently bought a lovely condition R53 Park Lane Cooper S. It is a 2 owner (before me) car and looks like it has lived a cherished life.

Our 'main' car is a current-model Alpina B5 Touring. That car was proving a bit big for narrow country roads so we wanted to add something that was small yet fun to drive for driving around the local roads. I also yearned for a manual gearbox and a more analogue feel. Realistically it's going to stay on country roads (80 km/h speed limits) and rarely stray far away from home.

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The Mini exploring the Julier Pass last weekend.

The goal is to keep it as original and good condition as possible. We've taken it to a local garage who we trust and their assessment is that there was nothing that needed doing.

I've made two changes so far. I've installed a DAB / bluetooth receiver (Pure Highway 600) and given it a couple of sets of new mats. We couldn't source original Mini ones so I ordered a set of winter mats from Weathertech which fit like a glove and these decadent deep lambswool overmats which we had custom-made for the car. They're 25mm deep super-soft sheepskin with a quilted leather heel protector, pretty much identical to those you can order for a modern Rolls Royce. It is a bit of fun but seemed to be in keeping with the ethos of the Park Lane.


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Next thing is to see how it drives on snow. We have 2 sets of the original Mini wheels one with summer and the other winter tyres.
 
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