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Mystery Machine – What’s With This MINI Cooper?

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What happens when you can’t tell what’s going on with a spy shot? TheCarConnection reader Kris B. sent us these snappy shots from the parking lot of an L.A.-area Target, and we’re not even sure what’s going on. A MINI Cooper with wrapped fenders and tail? Nothing new, but we’ve driven the new Coopers – and this isn’t even the long-wheelbase Clubman that’s been teasing us for well unto a year.

Kris writes:

Sorry they are not any better quality. Couple funny points - We just took delivery of our new S so I was picking out Minis everywhere, so I noticed these pretty quickly. Also, getting up on top of them, the interior was exactly the same. Really, except for the panels, they looked no different.

Got down on my hands and knees but then started attracting attention to two people in the Starbucks so we decided to leave. I can try and get the exact address of the Starbucks if needed but it was within about five miles of LAX.

What do you think? Tell us your best guess – and forever more and after, send your spy shots to We can’t make you famous for more than about 15 minutes, but we do promise to keep you out of Lindsay Lohan’s path.

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