As aptly pointed out by a reader both the first GP and early R56 JCWs are priced similarly in the mid-20s these days. So which one to get? The first question we’d have to ask – is this a daily driver? If so the more modern R56 (presumably with some options and nice to haves) would be the easy logical choice. However things get much more interesting when this isn’t about solving the problem of finding a daily driver.

If this is filling the need of finding a fun car good weather and/or the weekend the JCW GP is hands down our choice. Not only is it immediately more fun but it’s also a bit like owning MINI royalty.

But enough about our vote. Let’s hear yours in the comment section.