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

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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 […]

The cars : Mini development history, part 2

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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 […]

The cars : Mini Cooper

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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 […]

The cars : Mini Clubman

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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. Words: Ian Nicholls Keeping up appearances THE Mini Clubman story starts in 1967 when BMC managing director Joe Edwards […]

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

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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 […]

Mini overseas : South Africa

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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 […]

Mini overseas : Innocenti 90/120

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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 […]

Blog : Happy birthday Mini!

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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)

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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

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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

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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. […]

From the archive : 50 years ago today

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‘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

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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 […]