Here we have it, one of the most iconic little cars in the whole of history. A machine that revolutionised the concept of the city car, and what has now become a pure symbol of Englishness!
This little machine is known as the Mini!
Construction of the Mini first began in 1959, with the car designed by the British Motor Corporation's (BMC) chief designer Sir Alec Issigonis.
In April 1959 the car was launched to the press under the designation of both the Austin Seven and the Morris Mini-Minor.
From then on the car continued to keep up its notorious status as a British symbol of motoring, with a huge variety of cars being made including a spacious van, a pickup truck and the Moke dune buggy!
The car had appeared in a variety of movies and TV shows, the most famous of which was the 1969 film 'The Italian Job (and the 2003 remake with the new Mini) and not to forget Mr. Bean who drove at least 6 different Mini's over the course of the series and movies. At the same time it was a car of choice for TV and Music Stars who wanted to show off their quirks! Next to the above let's not forget the Mini's sporting heritage, thanks to the collaboration between BMC and John Cooper entering the Monte Carlo Rally. The David versus Goliath duels captured the imagination of the public and sparked Mini Cooper mania worldwide.
Up to this day the enthusiasm remains (and the car's sporting genes can still be seen in the John Cooper Works models of today)!
Bodywork : Van