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PostSubject: Plant Oxford Celebrates 15 years of MINI production   3rd June 2016, 20:05


Since 2001 more than 2.5 million MINIs have been produced in Oxford, with the three million milestone expected to be hit later this year. 80 per cent of the cars made here are exported to more than 110 countries around the world.
The first MINIs – which were registered with ‘Y’ prefixed number plates – are now considered by many enthusiasts and fans of the brand to be modern classics.
Mini enthusiast Tanya Field, whose husband Jason works at the plant in IT, is working to set up a new club – Y REGister – to bring together owners of MINIs made in Oxford in 2001.
Tanya said: “Today is a wonderful milestone for MINI Plant Oxford. The first MINIs are 15 years old and are now becoming modern classics and are increasingly collectable. The creation of the Y REGister shows the growing interest in these MINIs and the heritage of the modern MINI. As someone who’s passionate about the plant’s heritage, this is something that’s really important to me.”
https://www.mini.co.uk/en_GB/home/explore/mini-plant-oxford-15.html

According to the book 'New MINI' by Graham Robson the first few pre-production Mini's were built in January 2001 and the first production car on 26th April 2001. The MINI One and Cooper officially went on sale 7th July 2001.

Early Y reg R50 MINI's (including SNM member Tanya) are featured in the latest July/August issue of 'Modern MINI' magazine celebrating 15 years of the R50 and 10 years of the magazine, also includes an article on some of the surviving 'OBL' registered press and pre-production MINI's mentioned in this MCR thread below.
Who owns the oldest New MINI?
http://mcrforum.minicooper.org/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=768

The earlest known surviving R50 MINI Coopers listed in the 'Modern MINI' article are:-
Y501 OBL No. 128 - Build Date 25th April 2001 (Pre-production car) - Production started 26th April 2001
Y304 OBL No. 133 - Build Date 3 weeks later (Press car)
Y401 OBL No. 90 - Build Date May 2001
BMH Gaydon Museum early R50 is Car No. 511

The cars VIN/chassis numbers don't appear to run in sequence with the build dates, this is thought to be because there were delays from 3rd party suppliers of parts to the Cowley Mini factory at the time, sometimes taking over 3 weeks to complete the early cars on the production line.

Beaulieu Mini Day on 12th June 2016, will be the 30th anniversary of the 'Mini Cooper Register' and will feature a display celebrating the MINI One and Cooper (R50) 15th anniversary....with a couple of each of the earliest R50 versions on show.
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PostSubject: Re: Plant Oxford Celebrates 15 years of MINI production   3rd June 2016, 23:14

Interesting stuff! There is a Y reg OBL on Autotrader but it's high miles I would buy it if I had somewhere to store it!
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PostSubject: Re: Plant Oxford Celebrates 15 years of MINI production   5th June 2016, 11:08

wlondoner wrote:
Interesting stuff! There is a Y reg OBL on Autotrader but it's high miles I would buy it if I had somewhere to store it!





I guess it was this one....now sold. Sad
http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/mini/hatch/used-mini-hatch-1-6-cooper-3dr-lichfield-fpa-201605284413128?utm_source=Email_a_Friend&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Email_a_friend_car
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PostSubject: Re: Plant Oxford Celebrates 15 years of MINI production   5th June 2016, 11:25

That's another one there was a silver one on the mobile app when I looked a few days back. Although this red one looks more of a classic!

I drove past one on the way home as well yesterday - these OBLs are still popping up!
I wish I had a garage to put one in and keep!
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PostSubject: Re: Plant Oxford Celebrates 15 years of MINI production   5th June 2016, 13:59

Lovely stuff. I still think the early R50s are the best MINIs, and rather wish I'd been able to keep mine.
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PostSubject: Re: Plant Oxford Celebrates 15 years of MINI production   6th June 2016, 23:20

wlondoner wrote:
That's another one there was a silver one on the mobile app when I looked a few days back. Although this red one looks more of a classic!

I drove past one on the way home as well yesterday - these OBLs are still popping up!
I wish I had a garage to put one in and keep!

Here is the Silver one:-
MCR forum says registered on 31/05/01, 94.5k miles, has panoramic roof, started at £1896, now £1695.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mini-Mini-1-6-Cooper-/282018192486?hash=item41a9981c66:g:xWMAAOSwO~hXH8d-
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PostSubject: Re: Plant Oxford Celebrates 15 years of MINI production   6th June 2016, 23:34

That's the one! Looks in good condition as well.
I'd buy it right now if I had a garage. Hope it goes to a good home who realise it's one of the early ones
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