Mini Thirty timeline
The Austin Se7en and Morris MiniMinor are launched to critical acclaim.
The first MiniCooper is released, featuring a 997cc A-series engine.
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.
The Mini reaches peak production, with 318,475 units made this year.
Mini range receives the Metro’s A+ engine. It’s barely more powerful, but stronger overall.
Austin-Rover considers dropping the Mini from its line-up, but public outcry for the model and continued export success stays its hand.
The Mini reaches its 30th anniversary. Now badged as a Rover, the third anniversary special Mini is launched in the shape of the Thirty.
The Cooper returns, initially in a limited run, before becoming a full production model.
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.