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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

By November 29, 2013 10 Comments Read More →
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 […]

International variations : Canadian Minis

International variations : Canadian Minis

Heath Robinson strikes The Mini was an enduring success for British Motor Corporation and then British Leyland – and the sheer number of markets the Issigonis Brick was exported to proves that the car’s appeal was truly international. But being designed between 1956-’58 did begin to count against it as the years rolled by. Governments […]

Blog : The story of the other twini-Mini

Blog : The story of the other twini-Mini

Ian Elliott The ease of adding an extra engine afforded by the Mini’s subframe configuration wasn’t lost on several ‘special’ builders. One of the most entertaining was concocted within earshot of the Longbridge plant, in Barnt Green village. Barnt Green Post Office and shop  was run by Tony and Pat Fisher, two great motorsport enthusiasts. […]

By January 10, 2013 7 Comments Read More →
From the archive : 50 years ago today

From the archive : 50 years ago today

‘Twini’ Moke goes testing The Times, 8 January 1963 A twin-engined 1696cc version of the BMC Mini-Car has been produced experimentally at the BMC works here by Mr Alec Issigonis, technical director, and Mr George Harriman, chairman of BMC. Together they have been working on special versions of the vehicle for nine months, with the […]

News : Mini voted the ‘greatest’ by Autocar readers

News : Mini voted the ‘greatest’ by Autocar readers

Once again, the significance and importance of the Mini has been recognised by car enthusiasts from around the world – withAutocar magazine’s poll to find the greatest British car of them all returning a win for Issigonis’ masterpiece. The online poll was to celebrate the best cars produced by British workers, and the result means […]

Mini special editions : 1979 1100 Special

Mini special editions : 1979 1100 Special

It’s AROnline‘s favourite special edition Mini – and for good reason. When people discuss special edition Minis, the popular perception is that this is phenomenon that kicked off during the late-1980s in order to sell more cars. But pretty much from the moment the Mini was launched back in 1959, dealers as well as its […]

News : Kiwis smash world speed record… in a Mini

News : Kiwis smash world speed record… in a Mini

Following in the footsteps of legendary New Zealander Burt Munro, a team of Kiwis have smashed a world speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and confirmed their car as ‘the world’s fastest Mini’. They were told they didn’t have a hope of even passing the tech inspection – let alone breaking the […]

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Auction watch : 1960 Mini under the hammer

Auction watch : 1960 Mini under the hammer

A 1960 Austin Seven 850, with 2600 miles on the clock and with virtually every component an original, up for auction at the Silverstone Classic Sale on 21 July. Not surprisingly, this exceptional car, estimated at £20,000 to £25,000, is expected to be one of the most sought after lots at the sale hosted Silverstone […]

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News : Unrestored Mini makes £40,000

News : Unrestored Mini makes £40,000

When the hammer dropped and the final bid was settled for Richard Bremner’s 1959 Austin Mini Seven De Luxe, there was a ripple of applause from the buyers present at Bonhams’ Hendon auction. It’s not the oldest surviving example, but it’s really close, being the eighth to roll of the Longbridge production line – and […]

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 […]

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