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The Mini History

The history of the Mini makes it a true classic, which more than merits its “European Car of the Century” award. So how did the Mini become the car it is today?

The intriguing design was the brain child of Sir Alec Issigonis (1906–1988), who was certainly a visionary in industrial transportation. In its early stages, the Mini was meant to be the answer to the Suez oil crisis of 1956.

In the 1960s, the Mini was the small car of choice. Produced by the British Motor Corporation in 1959, the Mk I Mini was not only the most compact car built to date, it also broke new ground as the first car to offer the now popular front-wheel-drive (FWD) system.

After decades of production of different Mini models, the last Mini, a red Cooper Sport, was made in October 2000.


In 2001, the new BMW Mini was launched, with a different design, as developed by the BMW team. This rekindled the sales of the Mini worldwide with around 250,000 Mini sold worldwide in that year.

The Mini was redesigned by BMW yet again in 2006, but this time it was largely to fall in line with stricter NCAP European safety standards and ratings.

Lovers of classic cars, however, still enjoy the pre 2001 models of the Mini, with many of them being sold for hefty sums today. If you are among these lovers of the classic Mini, it is important to seek out the best classic car insurance. Giving you peace mind as you cruise around.

The Mini has evolved massively since it first rolled off the production line in the 1950s. However, model after model has reflected the “Mini” essence, and captured the imagination of the consumer public.