Mini Logo – The Mini was a car produced by the small British Motor Company and its successors from 1959 until 2000. This car, the most popular of those produced in Britain, was then replaced by the new MINI, launched in 2001. The original is considered an icon of the 1960s, and its distribution space-saving front-wheel drive influenced a generation of car manufacturers. In the international survey to determine the most influential car of the century around the world, the Mini came second, behind only the Ford T.
This revolutionary car was designed in BMC by Alec Issigonis . It was manufactured in the UK in the factories of Longbridge and Cowley, Oxford, and later also in Australia, Belgium, Chile, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela and Yugoslavia. The original Mini had three major updates: the Mk II, the Clubman and the Mk III. The “Mini Cooper” and “Mini Cooper S” sporty versions that were successful as vehicles for rally, winning the Monte Carlo Rally three veces.Mini, particularly remarkable for its easy handling and great stability, is a fast car and of high quality.
Began to be sold as the Austin Seven and Morris Mini Minor, as well as sedan variants and Riley Elf Wolseley Hornet. The Mini was produced in several body styles: coupe with two doors, family, a van, pickup and “Moke”, a variant road.
His body was built with metal (steel was used in the original body) and fiberglass (In countries such as Venezuela and Chile, local laws required that the cars they had a high percentage of local parts, so the glass fiber was present in both countries. She also showed against the original cars of steel, the advantage of not undergo oxidation.). The Mini was produced with gasoline engines of 850, 1000 and 1100 cc, in addition to the Austin Mini Cooper 1275 cc engine capacity and dual carburetor. The Mini, like the 1300 MG Mark II Austin , were equipped with hydraulic suspension Moulton, who gave him a plush ride. Its analog board was built in mahogany panel. Its very low center of gravity made it ideal for high speed cornering. In addition, its small size allowed to park easily.