Magic of the Mini continues to cast its spell
THE Morris Mini is celebrating its 55th birthday.
The original Mini, made in Birmingham in England, made its debut on August 18, 1959.
Few people could have predicted how wildly successful it would become.
Two models were then presented to the public that differed solely in their radiator grille, hub caps and paint finishes — the Morris Mini Minor and the Austin Seven.
Designer Alec Issigonis’ concept was simple and ingenious: lots of interior space combined with minimum exterior dimensions, four seats, perfect driving properties, low fuel consumption and a reasonable price.
The principles that made the car a success were reconfirmed with the launch of the new Mini in 2001.
Today, the range comprises a large number of models. Starting with the classic body variant of the Mini, it includes the Mini Clubman, the Mini Convertible, the Mini Coupe and the Mini Roadster, through to the Mini Countryman and the Mini Paceman.
Members of the classic Mini and the new Mini community meet on the first week of every August to celebrate the most successful and most popular British small car.
This year, the meeting was held in Kent. Vehicles on show ranged from one of the first cars from 1960 to a classic Mini Clubman Estate and a classic 25 Special Edition Mini from 1984.
The International Mini Meeting takes place in a different country every year, but returns to the UK every five years.