- Reggie is a Rover launched as what was known as the Mini Sidewalk in the UK and was priced at £5,898 in the UK market ($9,243 in USD), for which some 1,000 were made. The Sidewalk was a special limited edition based on the Sprite, which meant it kept such features as steel wheels and non-opening rear three-quarter windows. Three colours were offered in the UK: Charcoal Metallic, Kingfisher Blue or White Diamond. Sidewalk decals were the only distinguishing feature on the exterior, but inside were red seat belts and extraordinary blue and red Tartan seats and trim. When exported to Japan, the Mini was rebranded as the "Tartan and came in at least two additional colours, Nightfire Red and British Racing Green and the wheels were changed to the spoked wheels. In addition the seats became green and red tartan. The badging consisted of a Scottish Bagpipe Player with the word "Tartan" Limited Edition below. No records seem to exist to denote the number of Tartans exported to Japan. Both the Sidewalk and the Tartan were build for one year only.
The Japanese version, and perhaps others exported to other countries, offered Air Conditioning and an automatic transmission of which Sir Reginald has both. He also features Right Hand drive.
Reggie needed a bit of pampering (extensive spa treatment) and so we trailered him home until such time as he could be throughly evaluated. He is in superior condition but needed "hands on attention" to ensure that he was ship-shape and ready to hit the roads. He had not been driven much in the last two years by his previous owner. We had his transmission rebuilt and a few other mechanical items addressed. He is now driving like a dream and very happy to be on the road again.