February 16, 2009

IT'D BE NICE IIF YOU COULD ACTUALLY SEE TRAFFIC LIGHTS WHEN YOU STOPPED AT THEM:

The Mini: a potted history: The Mini, which is now 50 years old, has been one of the most successful and loved cars of all time (Daily Telegraph, 2/16/09)

Launched in 1959 , it was soon dubbed the "classless car". Almost anyone, from film stars to factory workers, could be driving one.

With its terrific manoeuvrability and its easy-to-park qualities, the Mini was an instant success and spawned equally-popular spin-offs such as the Monte Carlo Rally-winning Mini Cooper which featured in the cult film The Italian Job.

More recently the Mini has been relaunched by German car giant BMW which has significantly increased the power of the iconic vehicle without decreasing the car's popularity.

The Mini was designed by Sir Alec Issigonis and had an 848cc engine and top speed of 72mph.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at February 16, 2009 7:40 AM
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