This one went to Ami T., of Santa Barbara, who came with her family in 2001. Her mother, Claire T., came the next year and adopted the Mini “Cooper replica” we’ll be featuring tomorrow.
The car shown here is actually a Riley “Elf,” a variant of the Mini that was sort of the “upscale” version of the basic car sold to the masses. The Riley Elf – and their sister cars the Wolseley “Hornet” – share all the mechanical parts with the Mini, so parts are readily available. The primary difference is that the Elf-Hornets had a different front panel, grill and bonnet, along with an extended boot (or “trunk,” as we Yanks call them) with a bootlid that lifted upwards, rather than dropping down like the standard Mini bootlid.
Incidentally, we have a nice light green Elf on our Consignment page, and we’ve been offered a nice Hornet that’s been upgraded to a 1275cc, and an Elf that’s been upgraded with a 1275cc, 8.4″ disc brakes and new 12″ Minilite-style (8-spoke) alloys. Call us for details, and pics if you are interested.