BY HARRY KIRSBAUM
here's something about
driving a convertible with
the top down that makes a
moon roof feel so confining.
So, on the first nice stretch of
springtime weather, I dropped off
my Mini-Cooper to take a spin in a
2005 Mini-Cooper S convertible.
Although the car still draws
smiles from people at stoplights, this
Mini's well-recognized lines are a bit
less noticeable with the top down.
But it's still great fun to tool
around in, and it still has the best
looking dashboard on the market.
The ragtop, which adds about
$5,000 to the cost, folds down in
about 15 seconds, and it has a set-
ting that allows the top to partially
slide back like a moon roof. And
the top's two-button control panel
is covered by a bit of humor that
the Mini's advertising is known
for (see photo).
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANGIE BAAN