Another “Mint Find” has a new home:
Brian Beker is a friend of a friend and we are glad to meet him through this site. He purchased one of our featured posts. If you are a feel-good story lover, visit his website by clicking here.
What a great site. Enthralling to even someone like me, who isn’t a huge car guy. It’s the first car site I’ve bookmarked in my life. A buddy of mine, Tony Bill, sent me a link to a Land Rover you listed on your site. Tony, being a car guy, was quietly disgusted that I’ve been considering a new Jeep for a few months. Well, what do you expect? Almost every day I put another scrape on the bottom of my Scion bumper, and that’s just on the roads I haven’t passed up in the last six months from California to Vermont, from Mexico to Oregon. Between that and hauling the nation’s wettest and muddiest dog, who could blame me for just wanting to get it over with and trade in on a Jeep?
The only thing that stopped me was their sheer hideousness. Maybe there is some car guy in me, after all. I’ll admit to a soft spot for British cars. Land Rovers were always among my favorites. I developed an appreciation for them during years in subcontinental Asia. You could take one with a million of the world’s roughest miles on it, flatten the leaf springs with 23 passengers, not counting the skinny kid perched on the fender so he could dribble gas out of a tea glass straight into the carb, and still count on it to get you to the elephant camp. And then look good next to the elephant as you admired them both in firelight. Enter Mint2Me, where Tony spotted a ’69 Land Rover 88 – restored, beautiful, everything working, never on salted roads, genuinely rust free, lovingly rebuilt, chassis like new, newish engine and transmission, with all the upgrades that make the old Series vehicles a bit of a pain otherwise. Plus a rare sleeper conversion. A real find. You should see the engine compartment, which wasn’t even pictured in the original ad. Cheaper than a new Jeep? Only 210 fewer horsepower? The classiest 4×4 ever built? My favorite color of all time? This was possible? I happened to be 400 miles away from Seattle. I loaded up the muddy dog, and off we went. How you read between the lines of the Craig’s List ad is a mystery, but your take on it was borne out in every detail. Everything was as advertised by a guy who couldn’t have shot straighter. Not one surprise (except for the driver-side door flinging itself open into oncoming traffic during the test ride). No inspections, no haranguing. A handshake deal that went off without a hitch. And now, I guess I get to be a car guy, too.
Thank you and Mint2Me.
Brian Beker & Roo