We’ve just learned that MINI USA has set a new end-time for R50 and R53 custom ordering: November 5th at 11:59pm. That means if you haven’t gotten your order in yet for a 2006 MINI Coupe, you may want to get on the phone with your MA asap (if they still have any allotment left).

For those that miss this cut-off datem, US MINI dealers should have a few pre-specced coupes on the lots but they will be relatively rare and going quickly. As reported previously on MF, the 2007 R56 Coupes will be showing up as early as late January for dealers in the eastern US and early February elsewhere. The official launch in the US is President’s Day weekend.

It’s not quite as big a moment as the last R50/R53 rolling off the assembly line but it probably deserves a moment of silence nonetheless.

Since we’ve had a couple people ask, you can buy the magnetic badge pictured above at Motoringbadges.com.