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When the oil crisis of 1956 was reflected in the earnings of all the car companies, the British Motor Corporation took the historic decision to create the most economical car. In this case, its length must not exceed 3 meters, and the planned width amounted to a total of 1.2 meters. According to the concept, a prototype of the first Austin Mini was to freely accommodate four people, and in the trunk were required to fit all of their things. Thus, already in 1957, the first prototype of the Austin Mini of The Orange Box, beauty salon, which occupied more than 80% of locations around the back of the truck.

Official sales of the first Austin Mini started in 1959, when the conveyor already got a few thousand copies of the model. A total of 2000 the first cars Austin Mini been sent on export under the name of the Austin Seven and Morris Mini Minor, the rest of the vehicles quickly sold out on the territory of Britain. Until the end of 1959, sold 20,000 copies Austin Seven, he was revealing a slight disadvantage: because of the bad waterproofing in the rain mats car wetted they. Defect promptly eliminated, and since 1960, started to produce about 3 thousand Austin Seven in the week.

In 1961, the famous designer John Cooper, inspired by the "modest requests" Austin Mini, offered to supply the car a more powerful engine and racing disc brakes. So that was the model of the Mini Cooper, which was sold in amount of 150 thousand copies, at least initially, are not supposed to sell and thousands. In October of the same year it was released another two subspecies Austin Mini - Wolseley Hornet and Riley Elf-oriented buyers prestigious car of the analogous companies.

In 1967 made one more processing Austin Mini, equipping its modern radiator grille and the large rear glass, as well as making a number of cosmetic adjustments of the body. In parallel with this, they made small changes in the design of the van Mini Van, continued to be produced until 1984. In 1968, two years after the downtime due to strikes in the factories BMC, presented a model of the Mini Clubman with a slightly elongated body type hatchback. Alas, but due to insufficient elaboration of the model, this variation Austin Mini never became a hit.

At the end of the 60-s were constructed the first Austin Mini Metro - korotkobaznaya version of the Austin Seven with a twin cabin. This machine is positioned as "not serious", and was intended for a variety of promotions and entertainment performances. A total of up to 1984 ordered only 200 cars Austin Mini Metro. It is interesting that in the long model of the Austin Mini present and military machine - convertible Mini Moke with ample space, able to accommodate 4 people.

It is remarkable, that in 1969, was produced 2 million Austin Mini of different modifications, and in 1984, was fixed by the figure of 5 million. And this is even despite the fact that in 1968, the classical version of the Austin Mini was withdrawn from sales in the United States because of the mismatch of the new law on safety on the roads. In 1994 the brand Austin Mini passed into the ownership of the company BMW.

The diversity of the prices for this model is striking: you can find who had seen the kinds of Mini the end of the 80s for a few hundred pounds, but you can give 16-18 thousand pounds for the В«the slickВ» Mini Cooper S 70-ies with the minimum mileage. There are very interesting, rare modification of the Mini, but in this case the price is not predictable.

Since 2001, the Corporation BWM the beginning of production of MINI brand cars.

Other names of this model: Morris Mini-Minor, Austin 850, Austin Partner, Austin Mini, Austin Seven, Leyland Mini, Morris 850, Morris Mascot, Morris Mini, Riley Elf, Rover Mini, Wolseley 1000, Wolseley Hornet, Mini Magic II, Morris Mini Traveller, Austin Mini Countryman, Austin Mini Van, Austin Mini Cooper S

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