Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Respect Your Rootes: 1965 Sunbeam Minx Series V

Are you in the market for an aged European sedan that isn't particularly fast, reliable, or sexy -- but is affordable?  Boy, do we have the goods for you today, because the Sunbeam/Hillman Minx Series I-VI was the Rootes Group mid-sized family car back in the 1960s-1960s and well...let's be honest, it was a pretty terrible choice for a car then and it still is today!  Find this 1965 Sunbeam Minx Series V  offered for $4,500 in Milford, OH via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Okay, so I'm being a bit cheeky about the Minx, mostly because I know that the Minx owners don't have thin skins like those easily offended K-car owners.  In all truth, even the most die hard Minx fanatic has to admit that the appeal of these cars has nothing to do with performance, utility or reliability, and instead rests squarely on the shoulders of the oft misunderstood quality of character.

So, let's talk about character.  Bruce Lee once said: "Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."  I think Lee is onto something here, but more appropriately inline with the Minx experience is this quote by Helen Keller: "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. "

So, the bottom line is that if you are willing to suffer while driving, then the car has character (or will teach you character?) and that is good...right?  Okay, one last quote on character and then I will leave you alone:  Sir Winston Churchill -- “The first duty of the university is to teach wisdom, not a trade; character, not technicalities. We want a lot of engineers in the modern world, but we do not want a world of engineers.”  Well played Mr Churchill, well played.

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