Undoubtedly, Europe’s favorite car would be none other than the Mini Cooper. So what sets the 1959 launched Mini apart from other cars of that era? It was the path-breaking idea of a front-wheel drive which allowed for the space at the rear of the car to be utilized for seating and luggage, making the car 80% more efficient in terms of space utilization. Manufactured by BMC- The British Motor Company, the Mini was looked at as an equivalent of the Volkswagen Beetle, which enjoyed popularity of similar proportion in North America.
The Mini served as a blue print for many future models of cars as it was possibly the most space-efficient car of that time, and being space efficient, it weighed less, had fewer body parts and therefore, was much better in fuel economy than some of the larger American beasts present in the market at that time.
The car epitomized youth and went well with the more mature drivers as well. It is for this reason only that the Mini has been a loved brand by many in Europe; right from the first model in 1959 to the recently launched New MINI in 2001. The New MINI is manufactured in the Oxford Plant of it parent companies.
Known for their sweet ride and subtle driving pleasure, the Cooper MINI and the MINI “S” were launched to revamp the appeal of the MINI from an ideal family car to a sportier, leaner and meaner vehicle. Both these versions were heavy on the engine and were launched with modified features. This was a successful move and these models ended up winning the Monte Carlo Grand Prix, not once or twice, but three times in a row.
The history of the MINI clans have been divided into Marks, or eras, signifying various decades and models through which the MINI passed. Mark 1 MINI, which lasted from 1959 to 1967, showcased models such as the Austin and the Morris, which became household names in that era. The Mark 2 and the Mark 3 MINI cars showcased many new features including refurbished suspensions, braking systems, smaller size, better use of space and some cosmetic changes. Variants such as the MINI van and the MINI truck were launched. The MINI “S” and the Cooper are the most technologically advanced versions of the MINI that have been added to the lineage of the MINI over the years.
This post was written by admin on September 2008