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The History Of Mini
The very first Mini began as an idea in 1956 during a time where fuel was very hard to come by across Europe. The sales of larger vehicles that used more fuel were down across the European market and the market for the more popular and fuel-efficient bubble-style cars was larger than ever. The Fiat 500 was one of the first bubble-style cars that became a huge success across Europe with its release in 1957. But Leonard Lord, the head of BMC was not impressed, so he decided to show the world how to produce a ‘proper’ miniature vehicle. He decided on a basic design and presented the requirements to his team and the first Mini had officially begun.
The team that produced the first Mini prototype was extremely small and only consisted of 9 people. In July of 1959, the first Mini prototype was produced and dubbed the “Orange Box” because of its color. The very first Mini that was produced with the intent to sell was revealed to the world in April of 1959, and by August of that same year, thousands of cars had been manufactured and were ready to be sold. More than 2,000 cars were sent to almost 100 countries and the Mini was on display all over the world.
The Mini was marketed under BMC’s two brands, Austin and Morris, and came in two versions that were called the Austin 850 and the Morris 850 in North America and France. In Australia, both versions of the car were known as the Morris 850. They would be later be known as the Morris Cooper and Morris Cooper S version.
The 1960s belonged to the Mini was it became a regular purchase for movie and music stars. It was even used by the British police. The Mini was everywhere and had become a part of the culture and every day lives of people across all of Europe. The Mini had even garnered acclaim as one of the top racing cars in the business, consistently winning high profile events over the much larger competition. By 1969, only ten years after its release, the Mini had sold over 2 million vehicles. That same year, it became its own brand.
In 1977 the Classic Mini had sold over 4 million models and by 1999, that number ballooned to over 5 million. It was even voted the “European Car of the Century” by a panel of 130 knowledgeable automotive journalists. It had even made a large name for itself on the other side of the globe in North America, winning the 2003 “Car of the Year” award.
With so many options and other companies adopting the concept of smaller and more compact vehicles, Mini had gotten lost amongst the noise for some time during the 2000s.
But in the present day, there has been a global resurgence for Mini all over the world. The Mini has offered many timeless qualities that its owners enjoy forever. One of the smallest cars in the industry is moving towards an even bigger future.