Mini – Classic

It changed the way we looked at small cars almost overnight, and sent the designers scurrying back to the drawing boards – the Mini was little short of a major revolution.

The cars : Mini development history, part 1

The cars : Mini development history, part 1

It changed the way we looked at small cars almost overnight, and sent the designers scurrying back to the drawing boards – the Mini was little short of a major revolution. We take a look at the development and subsequent life story of Britain’s favourite small car… Words: Keith Adams, Ian Nicholls Development and early […]

Essay : Mini production – how many?

Essay : Mini production – how many?

Ian Nicholls unravels the production data to try and come up with a definitive number of Minis built. He finds more questions than answers – but it looks like more than six million of all types were made. In terms of sheer volume, the original Alec Issigonis-designed Mini is the most successful British car of […]

Around the world : Venezuela

Around the world : Venezuela

The Chilean BL operation was the first attempt to produce the Mini in South America, but by no means was it the last… Story told by Rodrigo Toledo. The ‘Brick’ moves to Venezuela… AT the time that BMC and British Leyland were building cars in Chile, Venezuela was, by far, the most developed country in […]

Top 10 : BMC>MGR’s most successful cars 1952-2005

Top 10 : BMC>MGR’s most successful cars 1952-2005

With the number of BMC>MGR cars on our roads diminishing rapidly, we take stock of the successive companies’ 10 most popular cars during the post-war years. Some of these numbers are going to shock you, simply because the cars are so rare on the road now. In fact, even the latest car on this list is now proving to be a rather unusual spot.

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Minis overseas : Australian Mokes (2015 update)

Minis overseas : Australian Mokes (2015 update)

Once it became clear the Moke was never going to cut in in serious military use, its future seemed to be tied into sunnier climes…

Park Paget updates his original story of its Australian afterlife – this is the most detailed description you’ll find about these cars, anywhere…

Concepts and prototypes : Mini – classic

Concepts and prototypes : Mini – classic

A brief look at how the ground-breaking Mini made it from sketch pad to showroom in little more than two years, a remarkable achievement for a car that completely threw away the rule book. Keith Adams walks through the Mini’s development to production reality in August 1959. From cigarette packet to showroom in 30 months […]

Blog : Raise a glass to… 25 years of the Mini Cooper RSP

Blog : Raise a glass to… 25 years of the Mini Cooper RSP

Craig Cheetham Today marks the 25th Anniversary of one of the most significant Minis in the diminutive car’s history.   Without the Cooper RSP, it’s arguable that the Rover Mini may not have survived much beyond the dawn of the 1990s. Already over 30 years old, the Mini continued in production due to a steady […]

Car of the Month : July 2015 – Matthias Boller’s Authi Mini 1275GT

Car of the Month : July 2015 – Matthias Boller’s Authi Mini 1275GT

Minis are undoubtedly one of the big successes of BMC>ARG. Here we have a rather special one, painstakingly restored to original condition as it left the Authi-factory in Spain. This was much more involved than the owner and restorer, Matthias Boller, thought it would be when he started. Due to his determination we are able […]

Essay : Mini – The world’s favourite small car?

Essay : Mini – The world’s favourite small car?

Dyed-in-the-wool Mini fan, Ian Nicholls, looks at the object of his passions in an objective way, and questions its role as the world’s best small car… You might be surprised by his findings… IT IS automatic for dyed-in-the-wool Mini enthusiasts to assume Issigonis’ baby is the world’s favourite small car. But is it? An analysis […]

Interviews : Montego stunt driver Russ Swift talks to AROnline

Interviews : Montego stunt driver Russ Swift talks to AROnline

To mark the 30th birthday of the Montego, Russ Swift kindly offered to help cut the cake at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show. Mike Humble spoke to the man who did the stunt driving in one of TV’s most memorable car adverts ever… The one thing about being the wrong side of 40 is […]

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News : Mini Beach car going to auction

News : Mini Beach car going to auction

One of the most rare Mini variations is coming up for sale at Bonhams Auto Auction at the Quail Lodge in California on 15th August. Most of these were sent to the original U.S. BMC Mini Franchise Dealerships as “display cars” to generate interest in the U.S. introduction for Minis, including the one coming up for sale. […]

Interview : AROnline meets Paddy Hopkirk – Merci Monte

Interview : AROnline meets Paddy Hopkirk – Merci Monte

After 50 years since the Mini won the Monte Carlo rally, Paddy Hopkirk is still regarded as the man who put the Mini on the global motorsport map.  Mike Humble was invited down to Goodwood for a one to one chat. It’s staggering when you consider that it’s just over 50 years since BMC fought […]

Mini – classic : Paul Banham Conversions

Mini – classic : Paul Banham Conversions

A chop-top Mini, or retro-style on a plate… To find out more, contact Kit Car magazine Banham Roadster IN 2003, having concentrated on the production of his own bodywork designs for several years, Paul Banham went back to his coachbuilding roots by offering this good-looking open-top version of the Mini. The aim here was to […]

The cars : Mini development history, part 2

The cars : Mini development history, part 2

It changed the way we looked at small cars almost overnight, and sent the designers scurrying back to the drawing boards – the Mini was little short of a major revolution. We take a look at the development and subsequent life story of Britain’s favourite small car… Words: Keith Adams, Ian Nicholls 1970: big changes […]

Concepts and prototypes : Mini four-door

Concepts and prototypes : Mini four-door

Keith Adams The launch of the MINI 5-Door Hatch has sparked memories of a similar product that BMC could have launched, right at the dawn of ADO15 production, in the early 1960s. A more practical Mini seemingly has been on the cards ever since Alec Issigonis devised his clever 10ft (and a quarter inch) long […]

News : 3800-mile ERA Mini Turbo at auction this weekend

News : 3800-mile ERA Mini Turbo at auction this weekend

It’s not often that a ERA Mini Turbo comes to open market – so, when we saw this one, we had to draw it to your attention. It goes on sale with Bonhams in Oxford on 28 April and has an estimate of £14,000-17,000. The car, as you can read on these pages, was a […]

The cars : Mini Cooper

The cars : Mini Cooper

It’s the 50th Anniversary of the Mini Cooper’s first Monte Carlo victory. A good time, then, for Ian Nicholls to chart the origins and production history of this car in what is the most comprehensive online guide to the most iconic of all Minis. Ian’s article is not, as he explains, ‘meant to be a rehash of […]

Mini overseas : South Africa

Mini overseas : South Africa

South Africa produced the Mini in an interesting variety of body combinations not seen elsewhere… Wolseley 1000 The Wolseley 1000 was South Africa’s first mix-and-match Mini, mating the glitzy Wolseley front end – complete with the obligatory illuminated grille badge – to the standard Mini bodyshell. Well, almost standard – as can be seen in […]

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Mini overseas : Innocenti 90/120

Mini overseas : Innocenti 90/120

In 1974, Leyland’s Italian subsidiary Innocenti introduced a rebodied, three-door hatchback Mini, sytled by Bertone. However, within a year of its launch, BLMC went bankrupt and Innocenti was sold to de Tomaso. Prior to the launch of the Metro, the Innocenti was briefly available in the UK, and it continued to be sold as part […]

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Blog : Happy birthday Mini!

Blog : Happy birthday Mini!

Keith Adams On 26 August 1959, motoring history was made. Exactly 54 years ago, the first Mini was launched to the public and its creator, Sir Alexander Arnold Constantine Issigonis, stood proudly alongside to show the world his – and the British Motor Corporation’s – answer to the bubble cars. As we all know, the […]

Events : MINI’s centenary tour (updated 28 March)

Events : MINI’s centenary tour (updated 28 March)

MINI celebrated the Cowley centenary in style by touring of all of the European production sites that have built this iconic car over the years. These included Novo Mesto (Slovenia), the Italian city of Milan, the former production plant in Malta, the Portuguese town of Vendas Novas, Pamplona in Spain, Seneffe in Belgium, Amersfoort in […]