Driving a Vintage Mini in Modern Traffic Is Like Being Invisible

A tiny car on big roads, surrounded by ever-growing pickups and SUVs. You've got to stay vigilant.

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If you drive a first-generation Mazda Miata in America, proportionally, your experience is roughly the same as mine in Europe driving a 1985 Autobianchi A112 Abarth. And while my car may be light at under 1500 lbs, an original Mini is both shorter, lower, and lighter by at least 100 lbs.

Today, surrounded by an army of bloated SUVs and oversized pickup trucks, a Mini is almost invisible. Even if it happens to be red. Yet it will continue to bounce happily down the road, on rubber cones that are built into its subframes instead of traditional coil-spring suspension. You just need to stay on top of your game. Focus, and try to stay in your fellow driver's mirrors as much as possible. And if that's not enough, honk, if you must.

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