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Immaculate Mini . . . This 1980 Morris Mini convertible causes a bit of interest when out and about.

Avid car collectors Mary and John Tremaine, of Mandeville have not one but four Minis in their shed.

The latest one purchased seven years ago is a 1980 Morris Mini convertible.

Mrs Tremaine said the convertible created a lot of interest when the couple were out and about.

“Kids love it and so do we.”

The conversion was done by Timaru man Barry Lovegrove, who is known to have converted two Minis using imported parts from the United Kingdom.

John and Mary first saw the blue convertible at Lovegrove’s property when buying another Mini.

“John wanted to buy it there and then, but we had not budgeted for the two at the time.

“We saw it come up for sale in Oamaru from a man who ended up with health issues and could no longer drive it.

“It seems it was to meant to be ours.”

The Mini has a 1275 metro manual motor and transmission.

“It was immaculate when we purchased it and we don’t need to do anything.

“It goes really well, sits on the road nicely and zooms along.”

To date it has been in Crank Up, the Mandeville Christmas parade as a Santa carriage and the Gore Christmas parade.

“Owning the small cars takes us on a sentimental journey, as our first car when married was a Mini.

“They are perfect for our collection as they take up very little room in the shed.”