Garry Dickens wishes a happy 60th birthday to the Mini Cooper, which first came off the production line in September 1961.
The original Mini was designed in 1959 by Sir Alec Issigonis (1906-88). The brief delivered to Issigonis by Leonard Lord in March 1957, then head of the British Motor Corporation (BMC), was to create a miniature, four-seat, economical saloon car, capable of big-car performance. This was in response to increasing popularity of the ‘bubble car’, boosted by post-Suez petrol rationing. To Lord, they were not ‘proper’ cars; he detested them. The car was designed, a prototype built by July 1958, with production beginning in 1959 for the August launch that year. ...
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