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Old 03-12-2009, 02:18 PM   #1
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Mini Cooper and Airstream - cool concept

A unique concept will be displayed at the Salone del Mobile show in Milan, Italy during April.This one of a kind combo partners a Mini Cooper S Clubman tow vehicle and a 22 foot Airstream with a drop down side.

Forward looking styling targets the beach and kayak crowd with neoprene accents and sleeping hammocks. The slick, waterproofed interior is a Tarzan meets Space Odyssey combo and looks fun and functional.

For more info read here Mini, Airstream collaborate on concept: AutoWeek Magazine
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Old 03-12-2009, 02:29 PM   #2
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Two of my favorite items combined together. Thanks for the link.
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Old 03-12-2009, 02:42 PM   #3
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Here's a picture of my 1996 Mini Cooper " Blue Star" and my 2007 25'Classic
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Old 03-12-2009, 02:53 PM   #4
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I hope Sergei sees this.
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Old 03-12-2009, 03:47 PM   #5
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Two great tastes that taste great together

I've been asked a few times if I pull my Safari with my Mini.

I answer "not yet"
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If a Mini can do it so can this.

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How about a 1957 Saab GT (750cc) with suicide doors.
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Maybe they were inspired by the Shadow Camper

YouTube - The Shadow Camper and VW Beetle
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That rig may be on the way back in to style. I liked the matching paint.
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I've been asked a few times if I pull my Safari with my Mini.

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me, too.
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:51 PM   #11
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Mini and Airstream

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Thanks for posting this. I always enjoy reading these odd couple marketing stories.

OK
It is a cool and fun CONCEPT. But that is kind of all it is. A conceptual design exercise meant to attract buyers to the Clubman and the Airstream individually, paired together to suggest this is one of the many ways these vehicles could be used.

But there is always going to be that uncomfortable moment when that excited customer asks.....where can I buy this? Well, er, sorry.....it is the only one, and besides, the mini does not have a hitch and could not pull it anyway.

Then the "product specialist" will weave an elaborate yarn about what will soon be available in the Euro market. Next year, or maybe the next one after that. But it is coming. But more likely not.
Airstream Europe has the light weight galvanzed frame and axle with the narrower body. America does not. We still drive the big rigs and besides gas prices are low again.
And besides, Airstream blew all it's r&d money on the Basecamp and Jesse James Airstream Joke bike.

Don't get me wrong...this is a fun concept. I get it. But NOW is the time for American Companies to actually start producing fuel saving and dare I say smaller trailers and tow vehicles.
Where's the beef?
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Exclamation and further more!

And by the way.....the Mini has not, your TR-6 won't, the SAAB....er, no.
The Bug looks like it is already stepped on and this next odd couple is purely CONCEPTUAL.
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I too am a Mini Van. Even at 6' 2" I still fit in them and was comfortable.

My first one was a 1967 850 and the 1972 was a Mini 1000. A girl friend of the day is standing in front of the 72. It is interesting to note the trick back in the 70's was to buy 6 inch wide alloy rims and mount "fat boy" trailer tires. Worked great.

I wanted the Cooper S version but at "$2,700. brand new", it was way out of my price range...lol



There is also a trailer hitch available for the new Mini's Mini Cooper Towing & Hauling | Hidden Trailer Receiver Hitch | MiniDoMore.com
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Cool Mini's Wayne! Growing up, our neighbor had one in his garage forever... just collecting dust. Red with the Union Jack on top! I wonder if it's still there?
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