Great little car, spent my second year at university rebuilding the engine and those lectures I did manage to go to I sat grinding valves
Only problem with that car was if you sat on the motorway behind a truck (usually thats about as fast as you could go) when it was raining, all the spray went straight in the grill and onto the dizzie. So a 6 hour trip to the mountains usually involved several hard shoulder stops and a large supply of toilet roll and WD40!
My first car, all ready just before my 17th birthday (rebuilt by me, first car i sprayed) it was silver but someone smashed into it 3 months before my birthday so i rebuilt the front end and went for the cooper look. Spent £1000's on it over the years, brake upgrades, 1293 fast road spec engine, bigger wheels you name it!
Sold it in 2000 , still see it around, infact saw it today and gave the guy a flash, he waved back! (i was in my MG Maestro turbo)