The Mk1 Mini was sold from 2001 to 2007. It came with an I4 engine, but there were some variations on that engine for those looking for performance or lower fuel costs. The Tritec 1.4 liter was standard, but there was also a Toyota diesel I4 and a supercharged I4 for performance.
The transmission options for these cars was a 5 speed manual or 6 speed automatic, which is a bit strange (the automatic have more gears than the stick shift), but then again what isn't strange about this little cars?
Starting in 2004, a convertible body has been an option, and it's very popular with the iPod-listening, MySpace-posting, beach-going set.
John Cooper himself got involved with tuning these cars and produced a special edition model. The Cooper and Cooper S are the result of this work, and they are sporty versions of the compact cars.
A new Mini hatchback has been sold since 2007. This is a new generation for the Mini, although the old Mini convertible is still being sold alongside the new car.
These cars are hitting the used car market, but they are very popular with young buyers and tend to get snatched up quickly. For a more controlled buying atmosphere, try checking the eBay listings. Those kids might know how to use MySpace, but the adults can clean up with eBay sniping.