A Pictorial Glimpse of Mini Motor Cars Through the Years
The Mini is a small economy car manufactured by the
British Motor Corporation (BMC) and its successors in 1959 until 2000. The original is1960s icon of British pop culture.
and BMW since 2001. Its space-saving transverse motor front-wheel drive design – permitting 80 percent of the auto's floorpan to be utilized for passengers and baggage – influenced an entire generation of auto manufactures The Mini was voted the second most influential auto of the twentieth century in 1999, right behind the Ford Model T, but ahead of the Citroën DS and the Volkswagen Beetle.
The Mini Cooper and Cooper "S,"
performance versions were successful as rally automobiles, taking first place at the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, 1965 and again in 1967. The first place Mini was disqualified after the finish, under a dubious decision that the auto's headlights were against the rules.
On release in August 1959 the Mini was sold using the Austin and Morris brand, as the Austin Seven and Morris Mini-Minor. In January 1952, the Austin Seven was renamed Austin Mini and Mini turned into a marque in its own right in 1969.In 1980 it once again named the Austin Mini and the Rover Mini in 1968
BMW obtained the Rover Group (previously British Leyland) in 1994, and sold most of it in 2000, yet held the rights to manufacture cars utilizing the
1959 Mini Cooper
1965 Mini Cooper
1970 Mini Cooper
1980 Mini Cooper
1990 Mini Cooper
1993 Rover Mini Mki
2000 Mini Cooper Final Edition
This distinctive two-door auto was designed by Sir Alec Issigonis for BMC. It was built the Longbridge and Cowley factories in England, the Victoria Park/Zetland British Motor Corporation in Australia production line in Sydney, Australia, and later additionally in Spain, Belgium, Chile, Italy, Malta, Portugal, South Africa, Uruguay, Venezuela and also Yugoslavia. The Mini Mark I had three noteworthy UK updates comprised of the Mark II, Clubman and the Mark III. There was a series of varieties, including an estate car, a pickup, van and the Mini Moke – a jeep-type surrey.
The New Mini (BMW 2001-present)
2004 Mini Cooper
2010 Mini Cooper
2012 Mini Coupe
2014 Mini Cooper
2015 Mini Cooper
2017 Mini Countryman
2018 Mini Cooper 2 Door Hardtop
2019 Mini Cooper Convertible
2020 Mini Cooper Countryman
The present Mini has adjusted the original version for hatch and hardtop variations, and have additionally announced special editions of the Mini Classic Cooper and Cooper Sports cars. Major changes included utilizing a Toyota diesel motor, and in addition widening the scope of Minis into new versions that could incorporate hatch and convertible models. Additional changes were made to the Cooper to include concept and kit autos such as the Mini Cooper S Works, along with the John Cooper Works GP Kit.
The previous years has subsequently observed new Cooper and Cooper S models reach for 118 hp for the Cooper, and 172 hp for the Cooper S, and has produced experimentation in hardtop and convertible models. The Cooper mark continues to support a great part of the Mini's allure, and is set to keep on featuring improved variants of the basic MINI marque, and in addition empowering new models to be tried.
Mini Pickup (1961-1983)
1965 Mini Pickup
A pickup truck (in technically defined as a coupe utility), was based on the longer Mini Van platform, with an open rear cargo area with a tailgate. The factory weight specifications was under 1,500 lb with a 7.2 US gallon fuel tank.
Similarly to the Van, the Pick-up featured stamped metal slots to allow airflow into the engine compartment. The Pickup was modest, in spite of the fact that the factory leaflet described it as "fully equipped, including a heater" A sun visor for the passenger side, safety belts, and laminated windshield, additional cost. Like the van, in 1978, the Pick-up was renamed as the Mini 95. 58,179 Mini Pick-up models were manufactured.
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Opening doors on all - some with opening hoods and trunks
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Mini Motor Cars Through the Years
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