Overnight, my MINI went from “On Order” to “Scheduled for Production” in the MINI Owner's Lounge, and was assigned a VIN. According to the automated status system at MINI USA, the car is actually “In Production.” The weird thing is that the automated system says the car has an estimated completion date of Aug 7, 2003…but this is Aug 9! It's not clear to me if this really means that it moved into production on Aug 7, or if it's already built and will roll off the line on Monday.
Unfortunately, it'll be Monday before I can talk to anybody at MINI USA, so I won't know the real deal until then…
Imagine a big gigantic grin…that's me right now.