British Mini is 50 Years Old

The British Mini, one of the world’s most popular cars is celebrating its 50th Birthday.

During the 1950’s the head of British Motoring Company wanted a minature car to compete with the German bubble cars of the time. He was also adamant that the car should be shaped like a box to compete with its rival.

Alec Issigonis designed a classic – the Mini could accommodate four adults despite its size. It is also reported that Issigonis had a fondness for Gordons Gin and built the inside door compartments to fit a bottle neatly.

The engine was 848cc and was fitted transversely to give the interior cabin the maximum amount of space – and so the world’s greatest city car was born.

BMW liked what they saw and its version of the classic British car has also been a huge success. The new Mini is bigger, more powerful and roomier without losing any of the originals charm.

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