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Mini Mk1 (1959 - 1967)

Last updated 19 November 2014

 
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It's a Mini, and all that encompasses
Slow, rusty, noisy and uncomfortable
Updated 3 February 1965
1,000,000 Minis built

On 3 February 1965, the millionth Mini was produced, which conveniently dovetailed with the second Monte Carlo win, enabled BMC’s publicity machine to exploit the situation. It had become a mini world,...

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1,572,756
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Introduction

Alec Issigonis’s cheap small car for BMC was innovative with its front-wheel drive and spacesaving transverse engine layout but, more than that, it was incredibly entertaining to drive, even if it took buyers quite a while to cotton on.

The Mini had a personality that few small cars had displayed before, and it soon became a best-seller. The Austin version was initially called the Se7en, but became the Mini in 1961. The 848cc A-series engine was used throughout the life of the MkI; one significant change was the adoption of Hydrolastic suspension in place of the original rubber-cone type in 1964.

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