Last 1st Gen Mini Cooper Convertible Rolls Off Assembly Line

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As of late, workers at the Mini assembly plant have their hands full building every car they can, but they took time to celebrate the last of the first:; the final Mini Cooper Convertible, still built from the first-generation platform, rolled off the assembly line this morning.

Yes, folks, it is something to celebrate.; Rather than tearing up over fears that the convertible is dead (does anyone remember the 1976 Eldorado?), take heart that a new drop-top Mini is on its way.

The pause in production allows BMW to engineer a convertible based off the second-generation Mini, which, according to our calculations, is already two years old.; Sure, it's odd a convertible wasn't engineered from day one, but Mini has its own priorities - and apparently, the Clubman and JCW models came first.

We'll expect to see the re-worked ragtop Mini sometime in the spring of 2009.; Until then, expect workers at the Oxford, England factory to keep plenty busy.; Capacity normally reserved for the convertible will be, for the time being, shifted to the normal coupe and Clubman models.

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