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 […]

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina 1000

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina 1000

The story of the missing link in the Pininfarina Aerodynamica story – a stylish Mini-based concept that could have made a great supermini for the 1970s…

Specials : The Mini ERA Turbo

Specials : The Mini ERA Turbo

ERA is a name with a glorious past – and in the summer of 1988, the owners of the marque approached Rover in order to revive the name on a very special Mini. This is what happens when you put a turbocharger under the bonnet of a Mini… a little bit of magic.

Concepts : Issigonis’ BMC 9X

Concepts : Issigonis’ BMC 9X

The most comprehensive story you’ll ever read about the aborted 9X programme – the ill-fated Mini replacement, engineered by the man who created the original.

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Mini – Classic : Stars and their cars

Mini – Classic : Stars and their cars

We take a look at some of the famous people who have driven Minis during its long production run… Celebrity endorsement has long been a part of car marketing. The Mini was an unlikely beneficiary of this, as Ian Nicholls points out with his gallery. If you have any similar images you’d like to submit, […]

Concepts : Mini-based Towns Minissima

Concepts : Mini-based Towns Minissima

At the 1973 Earls Court Motor Show, BLMC expected the new Allegro to be the centre of attention on the Austin-Morris stand. Instead, it was another car which stole the limelight… Shortly before the 1973 Motor Show, BLMC gained permission to add to their stand a curious but radical small car, created by the futurist Designer […]

The converters : Wood & Pickett Minis

The converters : Wood & Pickett Minis

Wood & Pickett’s riposte to Radford’s upmarket de Ville… Having seen how Radford’s Mini de Ville conversions were catching on, Wood & Pickett decided that they too could take a slice of the action. They set about creating their own Margrave conversion, apparently taking their first order from actress Hayley Mills (although this may be […]

The cars : Mini Clubman development story

The cars : Mini Clubman development story

The Clubman was developed through BMC’s desire to expand the Mini concept, without spending too much money. It started out as a hatchback proposal penned by Roy Haynes, and then developed into something rather less useful.

In production : Mini production landmarks

In production : Mini production landmarks

According to our resident historian, Ian Nicholls, more than six million classic Minis of all types were made between 1959 and 2000. Along the way, a number of interesting landmarks were passed. From the final Mini off the line (above) in bitter-sweet circumstances at Longbridge, to the first one 41 years previously, this little car […]

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Blog : Why the Italians beat us to a supermini by a decade

Blog : Why the Italians beat us to a supermini by a decade

BMC changed the world with the launch of the Mini in 1959. It was created in response to a crisis and was a genius piece of packaging which will forever be Sir Alec Issigonis’ legacy to the automotive world. However, as we all know, it was no profit-maker for BMC and, during its hyper-successful first decade on the market, its maker cruelly – and criminally – failed to develop the concept into something that the customers truly wanted – a hatchback.

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Blog : It was 20 years ago today

Blog : It was 20 years ago today

Twenty years ago – on 1 October 1996 – BMW through its British subsidiary the Rover Group made a significant announcement. The Mini Mk7 MPi was announced at the Paris Motor Show, the final incarnation of the Issigonis car.

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Concepts : Towns Microdot

Concepts : Towns Microdot

William Towns had high hopes for the Microdot, but they would eventually come to nothing… The Microdot made its debut at the London Motor Show in 1976, where it couldn’t help but attract attention due to its typically neat, glassy styling – and its bright lime-green paintwork. However, its green credentials were more than skin-deep, […]

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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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