We’ve been watching this happen over the last few months as on-hand MINI supplies dwindled from 5 days, to four, then down to 2 days. Now, they are out. From

>The nation’s 82 Mini franchises are out of cars, and dealers can do little more than take orders and deliver preordered units for the rest of the year.

>As fuel prices have risen, demand for the Mini Cooper has outstripped supply.

>”For the last three months, we were selling from inventory,” said Jim McDowell, vice president of BMW’s Mini division. “There’s no way (July) can be as good.”

That makes a certain amount of sense that July sales might be down a bit due to lack of inventory. Even with the lads in Oxford working 3 shifts per day, 7 days per week, 800 cars a day just isn’t enough.

[ Dealers fresh out of Mini Coopers ]