The Mini was one of Britain’s most iconic small cars and is considered a cult classic which defined an era. It was produced by the British Motor Corporation and others between 1959 and 2000.
Originally, a creation born out of the fuel shortage which came from the 1956 Suez Crisis, and a slump in the demand for larger cars, Greek-British designer Alec Issigonis was tasked with bringing the tiny, economical Mini into production as soon as possible.
In Spring 1959, the Mini was demonstrated to the press and by August there were thousands of cars ready for sale across over 100 countries. At this time it was sold under the Austin and Morris names until 1969 when it was just called the Mini. However in 1980 it again became the Austin Mini and then the Rover Mini in 1988. The Rover group was acquired by BMW in 1994 and then mostly sold in 2000 however they maintained the rights to the Mini name.
The Mini was famously, quite literally, the coolest car of the Sixties, partly thanks to the souped up version which appeared in the 1969 Michael Caine film, The Italian Job, but today’s Mini has morphed into something a bit more practical and almost cannot be described as ‘mini’ anymore.
With many smaller cars flooding the marketplace, the Mini is now, in fact, considerably larger than its ancestors and has appeared to get larger with each new model.
Nowadays, the mini can be used quite comfortably as the main family car with some estate models and even pick-up versions available. However, it has kept its unique, dynamic design and in terms of its brand, it is still one of the most identifiable cars on the road.
At the end of February this year, BMW confirmed that they will be making a decision on producing an electric Mini-Hatch but it is yet to confirm where this will be built and is waiting to see how Brexit affects its long term planning, particularly in terms of post Brexit tariffs.
In spite of any future corporate strategy and planning decisions, it is safe to say that the Mini has indeed earned its place in motoring history and UK popular culture. The endless books published, films produced and mini owner and enthusiast clubs running stand testament to that and will, no doubt, keep the brand alive for years and years to come.
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