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OCT 30th 2017
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John Simister

John Simister: The original Mini GT

Today's Mini brand has recently launched the Mini 1499 GT, a limited-edition model inspired by the 1275 GT of, yes, 48 years ago. That was the racy(ish) version of the square-fronted Mini, that side-turning in the original Mini's evolution that ran from 1969 to 1980, mostly as a low-power Clubman.

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John Simister

A deep concern for the planet's welfare ensures that the cars in John Simister's current assemblage of classics all have engines of under a litre, including a two-stroke Saab which causes the road behind to disappear from view after a cold start. This squares well with John's status as a Car of the Year jury member and a writer both on modern cars and old ones, the latter for Octane and Practical Classics. He has been a journalist since 1984, and lives in the Chiltern Hills with his wife Deborah and a dog called Sprocket.

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