Mini Thirty time­line

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1959

The Austin Se7en and Mor­ris MiniMi­nor are launched to crit­i­cal ac­claim.

1961

The first MiniCooper is re­leased, fea­tur­ing a 997cc A-series en­gine.

1969

The Mini range is over­hauled, with all cars mov­ing to a re­vised bodyshell fea­tur­ing wind­ing win­dows and in­ter­nal door hinges. Ri­ley Elf and Wolse­ley Hor­net vari­ants are dis­con­tin­ued. Square-fronted Club­man joins the line-up as a more mod­ern look­ing range topper, with the 1275 GT re­plac­ing the Cooper.

1971

The Mini reaches peak pro­duc­tion, with 318,475 units made this year.

1980

Mini range re­ceives the Metro’s A+ en­gine. It’s barely more pow­er­ful, but stronger over­all.

1986

Austin-Rover con­sid­ers drop­ping the Mini from its line-up, but public out­cry for the model and con­tin­ued ex­port suc­cess stays its hand.

1989

The Mini reaches its 30th an­niver­sary. Now badged as a Rover, the third an­niver­sary spe­cial Mini is launched in the shape of the Thirty.

1990

The Cooper re­turns, ini­tially in a limited run, be­fore be­com­ing a full pro­duc­tion model.

2000

The last Mini ever pro­duced, a red Cooper Sport 500, is driven off of the pro­duc­tion line as BMW pre­pares to launch the all-new MINI.

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