My Mini Cooper, Its Part in My Breakdown (Paperback)
Here for the first time is a short history of the small car from 1885 to 2000 and an examination of what came before, during, but not after the Mini, including the fairly complete story of the Mini and Mini Cooper from 1959 to 2000. James Ruppert is not used to spending very much money on cars, so when he decided to finish the restoration of his 1964 Cooper, started in 1979, the bills started to mount up and mentally he began to fall apart. Bought for 200 and a bottle of wine, it would eventually cost almost one hundred times that to finish. Serial Mini owner James Ruppert explains how not to buy, run or restore a classic car, and why owning one might be some form of unwellness. He's a man who can't be trusted with an old car, but can be relied upon to explain how the Mini came about and what it was up against throughout the decades. From the author of the critically acclaimed, The British Car Industry Our Part in its Downfall, and the Mercedes Montagu of Beaulieu winning The German Car Industry, My Part in its Victory, here is the full story of his seriously mistreated Mini and how the small car came to rule the world. James Ruppert has been a motoring journalist since the 1980s. He wrote for Car for almost twenty years, is a special correspondent for Autocar and has written for national newspapers including The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times and The Independent. He coined the term Bangernomics, all about running vehicles on a budget and wrote the Bangernomics Bible. Ruppert is also the creator of the '70s superhero Spencer Haze comic strip.