1st series are better, but still not a patch on a breathed-on final version of the'classic' mini IMO
I loved my 1275GT mini, but when looking at the Cooper S I have now I did try a classic, but it felt dated and absolutely tiny. Which was a shame.
Also I remember the demise of my 1275 at the hands of a deer and a lamp post on the A5 near Rugeley! According to the police and ambulance they were surprised I wasn't dead when they found me!