One nice thing about Alec Issigonis’ incredible design for the Mini, seen here in Wolseley Hornet form, with a grafted-on trunk, was the massive door pockets the cars had. This was partially because the early Minis and derivative cars didn’t have roll-down windows, but have sliding ones instead, meaning that the door never needed to house a lowered window glass, freeing up space. Space that can be used for, as we see here, a nice bottle of bourbon, which the child in the ad is clandestinely borrowing to fill his little bottle there in his hand, in order to make the tedious journey to grandma’s slip by in a glorious, brown-liquor haze.
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This design makes a lot of sense since the OG Mini isn’t a hatch which I always found weird.
I didn’t know the Wolseley Hornet existed and now I want one.
Thanks Jason. *sarcasm
Misquoting Sheldon Cooper. “Daddy punished my brother for getting into his driving whiskey.”
Huh. This reminds me I haven’t seen a Binky video in sometime
You had me at RC Cola. All that’s needed now is a couple of Moon pies. Not only is that a good lunch or dinner, especially here in the Deep South, that combo has enough sugar to put you out of your misery for a few hours or so.
Are you OK, Jason?
Not one word on those impressive gothic taillights on this car, or what other cars they’re used on?
MG Midget and Morris 1100/1300s, I think.
Among others, yes. I think they’re called the Lucas L695.
I think you got it all wrong. Timmy is poisoning Dad. You see, Dad found Timmy’s collection of Selfridges’ catalogs with all the bra sections dog eared and threw them away. Timmy is pissed!
Holy shit is that Pierce Brosnan?
“Jimmy, the boot is full. Help mum find a place in the car for her case of whisky”
“OK daddy. I can put one here, and one here, and one here…”
Look honey! Little Timmy needs a little hair of the dog for the drive today!
Like mother, like son.
Actual words from my dad..”Jimmy, get your ass back in the car NOW! Jimmy, what the hell are you doing. Your fucking grounded if you don’t get back in the car……”
In his defense, you guys were driving down the interstate at the time.
Damnit, Jimmy. Not again!
I think the kid is stocking the car with booze per his parents’ instructions. These cars hit the market at a time when it was perfectly acceptable to put your children in charge of preparing and serving alcoholic beverages. The kid will probably be making screwdrivers and martinis when the family reaches their destination.
“These cars hit the market at a time when it was perfectly acceptable to put your children in charge of preparing and serving alcoholic beverages.”
Is … that no longer acceptable?
My friends have their kids mix the drinks all the time….
Kids think it’s great fun.
I think it’s frowned upon now, and if your kids are too good at mixing cocktails one of your guests might call CPS. So play it safe and don’t let people outside the family know that your kid has made so many martinis that even James Bond would be impressed with their handiwork.
It’s the UK, so even odds that’s brown sauce for the inevitable picnic lunch advertisers seemed to think family car owners were constantly about to drive to.
Brown sauce sounds like the least appealing sauce around…… But I definitely want to try it!
Dad has that ‘Leave that alone, you little shit!’ look on his face.
No self-respecting British dad back then would be drinking bourbon. So must be a smoky Islay Scotch.
“So must be a smoky Islay Scotch.”
I think if gin as the quintessential English liquor.
Obviously it’s Buckfast Tonic Wine. Yknow, for health.