As I was scraping ice from my windscreen this evening in readiness for the journey home a Mini Cooper Works GP bumbled very slowly into the industrial estate behind my office block.
Perhaps the driver was struggling with his sat-nav but I like to think his lack of pace was due to a lively chassis causing havoc on icy roads. By all accounts the R56 GP is a pretty uncompromising option on a warm summers day in Spain never mind a dark night in Scotland with the thermostat showing -0.5 degrees.
I'm not a fan of the OTT sticker set but the focus and single-mindedness of the little car means it regularly features in my search history. The example pictured in this article is on sale through the Brundall Motor Company in Norwich.
The car has only covered 6700 miles since 2013 which explains why it's one of the more expensive GPs on the second hand market. Listed at £20,500 it's not the best value if horsepower is your priority. However, if it's smiles you're seeking the GP is unlikely to let you down. Who needs rear seats anyway.