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Classic Mini

History

This is the history of the brand Mini since the establishment of the company and up to the most modern of vehicles produced under this brand.

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Mini

Legendary British Mini car in its appearance owes much of Egyptian President Gamil Abdel Naser, who in 1956 nationalized the Suez Canal. As a result of the ensuing war in the Middle East oil supplies to Britain declined sharply - to the extent that the gasoline had to introduce the card. This caused a surge of interest in small cars than Leonard Lord decided to use, at the time head of the concern British Motor Corporation. BMC - founded in 1952 by the union, which included such well-known brands such as Austin, Morris, Wolseley, Riley and MG.



Unhappy with the dominance of jerry-built "bubble cars" ("machine-bubbles") on British roads, mostly German assembly, Lord decided that we needed a domestic car worthy of attention. He commissioned the development of a new machine Alec Issigonis, an Englishman of Greek origin, who has long established itself as a avtokonstruktor and even the driver. He was given an assignment to construct a four-seater, the size of which would not exceed 3 × 1,2 × 1,2 m, the length of the passenger compartment should be 1,8 m supply this little one had to already existing 4-cylinder engine from the Austin A35 models .



To meet these requirements, Issigonis went to a revolutionary step. The new model had a front-wheel drive and the motor is placed across the body - this scheme was to become the standard on front-drive cars. Transmission creators pushed into the crankcase, and the radiator is not put in front of the engine, and the side of it. In this position the radiator ventilation air, already passed by the engine and had time to warm up, but the length of the machine remains within the limits. In the miniature car quietly climbs 4 people and even had room for luggage. The tiny 10-inch wheels are allowed to get rid of the large wheel arches. Finally, for the sake of saving space conventional leaf springs were replaced with conical rubber blocks. The design of machines allowed to drive with the tailgate open, thereby increasing the volume of cargo. Design features have also been external welds and open the hinges, which lowered the cost of production. The first prototype was ready by October 1957.
     


However, sales began in August 1959, and a new minicar was not called Mini. It is sold either under the name of Austin 7 (the traditional name for the smallest Austin since the 20's) or as a Morris Mini Minor. Title Mini has appeared only in 1961. You can not say that the model instantly became a hit, but over time it has gained popularity and became the same for the British than for the rest of the world was the "Beetle". They even say that this particular machine was inspired by the fashion designer Mary Quant, come up with a mini-skirt.



Mini was produced in all sorts of varieties. There were wagons with wood trim, called Morris Mini Traveller and Austin Mini Countryman. There were Mini vans and Mini pick-up a quarter of a ton. There was even a Mini Moke, developed for the Army, but with their tiny wheels and without all-wheel drive turned out to be unfit for military affairs, but has received some popularity as a beach car. In accordance with the practice of badge engineering got its Mini brand more upmarket Riley and Wolseley - these machines are sold as Riley Elf and Wolseley Hornet and had a protruding boot and the front end design in the style of these brands. There were also licensed Mini: in 1965 they released an Italian company Innocenti, which was under the control of the BMC, and even Mini collected, even in countries as far away as Chile and Uruguay.
     


The design is also not standing still: in 1964, rubber suspension was replaced by a new hydraulic Hydrolastic, which gave the car a more mild stroke, but it significantly increased the weight, cost and complexity. In 1971, it was replaced by the suspension of the former type. Instead, 34-horsepower engine, a 848 cm3, allows a speed of 116 km / h, with 1967 set on the Mini motor in 948 cm3 - a tiny car with him reached the unprecedented speed of 145 km / h But most importantly, successful weight distribution (51% of the weight - front, 49% - on the rear) allow malyutke successfully participate in the rally.



John Cooper, owner of the Cooper Car Company, together with Issigonis created the Mini Cooper: this car since 1961, produced under the brands Austin and Morris. 997-cc engine has an output of 55 hp The car has received two carburetors, a box with a modified gear ratio and disc brakes on the front wheels. In 1964 he appeared Mini Cooper S, since 1071-cc engine. This model is distinguished in 1964, 1965 and 1967, winning the victory in the Rally Monte Carlo.



Mini first generation, which was sold in quantities of 1 million 190 thousand units, ceased to exist in 1967. He was replaced by Mini Mk II, are issued in the years 1967-1969 and distinguished grille and some cosmetic changes. In 1969, the Mini Clubman came with a brand new radiator, but parallel to it and continued to produce a model with the traditional "round" design.



Mini third generation (since 1970) externally characterized primarily hidden hinges instead of the previous open. Only from that time becomes a brand Mini, another in the extremely overgrown BMC, which after mergers and acquisitions in 1966, became known as British Motor Holdings (BMH). And two years later, in 1968, was renamed the British Leyland Motor Company. At this point, the company included many famous British brands, including Jaguar, Daimler, Rover, Standard and Triumph, in fact, the subjugation of all the English car industry. All this does not matter to her advantage: the more it grew, the more nerazvorotlivoy became, and is not saved even nationalization.



Stopping the production of many brands and changing the name again - first at the Austin-Rover Group, and then to the Rover Group, - the concern is, after all, was sold in 1988 of British Aerospace. Aerospace technology is also not able to recover profitability, and in 1994 Rover Group was owned by BMW: Bavarian company at the time assailed ambitions put together their own automotive empire.



However, all these shocks has little effect on the Mini: despite the archaic design and construction, it is still loved by the British, even the appearance of a 1980 Mini Metro, which later produced under the name Rover, has not changed the situation. Actually, a non-decreasing popularity of the car and began to BMW one of the main reasons for the absorption of Rover Group. And even when the latter, confounding expectations of BMW, in 2000, moved to a new owner - a consortium of Phoenix, - Mini brand has remained in the possession of "the Bavarian automobile factories."



But nothing lasts forever, and after 40 years of production Mini removed from the conveyor. To replace him in 2001, he joined a brand new car design, but kept in their appearance recognizable features of the old Mini. This car was officially named MINI - all caps here is not accidental. They not only point to the fact that we are dealing with a new car, but the fact that she is a class above the previous model. In fact, it's not super-compact car "for the poor", generated by the fuel crisis, and the offspring of good times - a stylish and prestigious hatch with great handling, the design of which exploits the current fashion for retro motifs.



     Once we mentioned "Bug", we can say that the new MINI Mini refers to the old as well as the New Beetle - the classic "Beetle". The same was said and enlarged several dimensions MINI: the car was a 55 cm long, 30 cm wider and 400 pounds heavier. Wheel size is already a solid 15-17 inches. Under the retro looks are hiding anti-lock braking and traction control system, electronic stability and airbags. The range includes basic Mini One, sports version of the Mini Cooper and "charged» Mini Cooper S with mechanical supercharging, which has become the successor to the legendary Cooper S 60s. In addition, the company offers John Cooper Works MINI in different tuning designs. Since 2004, the issued convertible MINI. In November 2006, there was much new MINI, informally referred to as Mk II and equipped with a new 1.6-liter engine - jointly developed by BMW and PSA Peugeot-Citroen. This model goes on sale in April 2007, and the convertible will be produced from 2008.

Mini cars, presented in our catalogue:

Latest classic Mini cars offered in listings in the United States:

1975 Jeep CJ 1975 Jeep CJ 7 $13,000.00
1988 Pontiac Fiero GT 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT 12 $12,000.00
1966 Morris Mini Panel Van 1966 Morris Mini Panel Van 4 $16,995.00
1955 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1955 Chevrolet Other Pickups 21 $109,900.00
1971 Plymouth Duster 1971 Plymouth Duster 21 $28,500.00
1964 Plymouth OTHER 1964 Plymouth OTHER 21 $US $15,600.00
1978 Pontiac Trans Am TRANS AM TA T/A 6.6 1978 Pontiac Trans Am TRANS AM TA T/A 6.6 21 $US $13,700.00
1980 Mini Classic Mini 1980 Mini Classic Mini 12 $16,500.00
1967 Chevrolet Camaro 1967 Chevrolet Camaro 10 $63,000.00
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 12 $39,500.00
1970 Plymouth Road Runner 1970 Plymouth Road Runner 20 $US $25,000.00
1973 BMW 2002 BMW 2002, round-taillight 1973 BMW 2002 BMW 2002, round-taillight 12 $US $10,100.00
1959 Nash Metropolitan 1959 Nash Metropolitan 4 $8,995.00
1930 Other Makes 1930 Other Makes 17 $US $10,000.00
1966 Morris Mini Panel Van 1966 Morris Mini Panel Van 4 $16,995.00
1967 Other Makes Moke mini cooper, replica car 1967 Other Makes Moke mini cooper, replica car 14 $US $10,000.00
1971 Plymouth Satellite 1971 Plymouth Satellite 13 $14,000.00
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle 16 $54,900.00
1979 Cadillac Seville Opera Coupe 1979 Cadillac Seville Opera Coupe 2 $15,995.00
1978 Pontiac Trans Am TRANS AM TA T/A 6.6 1978 Pontiac Trans Am TRANS AM TA T/A 6.6 21 $US $16,900.00
1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass -- 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass -- 12 $26,998.00
1927 Nash Nash 1927 Nash Nash 12 $16,995.00
1974 Daihatsu Other Deck Van 1974 Daihatsu Other Deck Van 12 $US $10,500.00
1980 Mini Classic Mini 1980 Mini Classic Mini 9 $16,500.00
1989 Land Rover Defender 1989 Land Rover Defender 21 $12,999.00
1966 Ford Mustang GT 1966 Ford Mustang GT 10 $34,500.00
1966 Chevrolet C-10 C-10 1966 Chevrolet C-10 C-10 21 $8,500.00
1972 Plymouth Duster HEMI 1972 Plymouth Duster HEMI 13 $69,900.00
1965 Shelby Backdraft RT3B 1965 Shelby Backdraft RT3B 21 $74,450.00
1989 Porsche 911 1989 Porsche 911 12 $US $44,900.00
1984 Austin Austin 1984 Austin Austin 21 $9,900.00
1979 Mini Classic Mini 1979 Mini Classic Mini 14 $13,000.00
1964 Cadillac Coupe de Ville -- 1964 Cadillac Coupe de Ville -- 12 $34,900.00
1966 Chevrolet C-10 C-10 1966 Chevrolet C-10 C-10 21 $9,750.00
1966 Ford F-100 1966 Ford F-100 10 $29,999.00
1972 Plymouth Barracuda 1972 Plymouth Barracuda 20 $36,000.00
1959 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1959 Chevrolet Other Pickups 18 $20,000.00
1977 Land Rover Other swb 1977 Land Rover Other swb 12 $15,866.00
1967 Volkswagen Beetle - Classic Rat rod 1967 Volkswagen Beetle - Classic Rat rod 21 $US $12,601.00
1927 Nash Nash 1927 Nash Nash 12 $16,995.00
1965 Shelby Cobra Replica 1965 Shelby Cobra Replica 4 $44,995.00
1972 Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon Westfalia 1972 Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon Westfalia 14 $US $15,100.00
1974 Volkswagen Beetle-New -- 1974 Volkswagen Beetle-New -- 12 $15,995.00
1954 Other Makes NWF200 1954 Other Makes NWF200 9 $30,000.00
1959 Nash Metropolitan 1959 Nash Metropolitan 4 $9,995.00
1978 Pontiac Trans Am TRANS AM TA T/A 6.6 1978 Pontiac Trans Am TRANS AM TA T/A 6.6 21 $US $18,000.00
1988 Pontiac Fiero GT 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT 12 $12,500.00
1970 Plymouth Road Runner 1970 Plymouth Road Runner 20 $US $25,000.00
1989 Porsche 928 S4 1989 Porsche 928 S4 16 $US $13,000.00
1966 Morris Mini Panel Van 1966 Morris Mini Panel Van 4 $17,995.00
1974 Mini Classic Mini 1974 Mini Classic Mini 21 $13,000.00
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle 300 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle 300 1 $US $10,100.00
1969 Chevrolet Nova badged SS 1969 Chevrolet Nova badged SS 17 $23,500.00
1965 Shelby Backdraft RT3B 1965 Shelby Backdraft RT3B 21 $76,950.00
1959 Nash Metropolitan 1959 Nash Metropolitan 4 $9,995.00
1974 TVR Sunroof Coupe Coupe 1974 TVR Sunroof Coupe Coupe 21 $22,250.00
1971 Plymouth Other 1971 Plymouth Other 21 $US $10,700.00
1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 $45,995.00
1966 Ford F-100 1966 Ford F-100 10 $29,625.02
1966 Morris Mini Panel Van 1966 Morris Mini Panel Van 3 $19,995.00
1967 Morris Mini Cooper S N/A 1967 Morris Mini Cooper S N/A 12 $34,900.00
1980 Mini Classic Mini 1980 Mini Classic Mini 12 $12,000.00
1988 Mini Classic Mini 1988 Mini Classic Mini 19 $9,500.00
1970 Chevrolet C-10 1970 Chevrolet C-10 7 $11,800.00
1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass CUTLASS SUPREME 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass CUTLASS SUPREME 12 $15,000.00
1972 Plymouth Duster PRO TOURING 1972 Plymouth Duster PRO TOURING 12 $72,500.00
1965 Chevrolet Nova SS 1965 Chevrolet Nova SS 10 $22,000.00
1968 Chevrolet Camaro 1968 Chevrolet Camaro 21 $US $14,700.00
1989 Porsche 911 911 1989 Porsche 911 911 12 $43,000.00
1969 Chevrolet Camaro 1969 Chevrolet Camaro 21 $US $32,669.00
1968 Chevrolet C-10 1968 Chevrolet C-10 15 $35,000.00
1985 Chevrolet Corvette 1985 Chevrolet Corvette 14 $US $15,000.00
1980 Mini Classic Mini 1980 Mini Classic Mini 12 $12,000.00
1988 Mini Classic Mini 1988 Mini Classic Mini 13 $9,500.00
1975 Mini Classic Mini 1975 Mini Classic Mini 21 $US $9,200.00
1972 Datsun 521 1972 Datsun 521 12 $11,995.00
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle 300 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle 300 1 $US $18,100.00
1979 Pontiac Trans Am 1979 Pontiac Trans Am 12 $US $10,000.00
1968 Chevrolet C-10 1968 Chevrolet C-10 16 $US $20,300.00
1970 Plymouth Duster 1970 Plymouth Duster 12 $27,000.00
1933 Plymouth Other Street Rod 1933 Plymouth Other Street Rod 12 $54,500.00
1966 Other Makes Mini Moke Moke 1966 Other Makes Mini Moke Moke 6 $9,600.00
1970 Plymouth Duster 1970 Plymouth Duster 12 $27,000.00
1970 Dodge Coronet 1970 Dodge Coronet 21 $US $30,100.00
1959 Nash Metropolitan 1959 Nash Metropolitan 4 $9,995.00
1968 Chevrolet Camaro 1968 Chevrolet Camaro 21 $45,000.00
1966 Morris Mini Panel Van 1966 Morris Mini Panel Van 4 $19,995.00
1956 Chevrolet Corvette 1956 Chevrolet Corvette 6 $13,500.00
1968 MORRIS MINI 1968 MORRIS MINI 12 $28,000.00
1980 Mini Classic Mini 1980 Mini Classic Mini 12 $13,000.00
1970 Plymouth Duster 1970 Plymouth Duster 12 $27,000.00
1988 Chevrolet Corvette B2K Twin Turbo brodix heads 1988 Chevrolet Corvette B2K Twin Turbo brodix heads 12 $US $9,000.00
1988 Mini Classic Mini 1988 Mini Classic Mini 13 $9,500.00
1977 Volkswagen Bus 1977 Volkswagen Bus 12 $US $16,000.00
1973 BMW 2002 1973 BMW 2002 21 $19,900.00
1959 Nash Metropolitan 1959 Nash Metropolitan 4 $11,995.00
1966 Morris Mini Panel Van 1966 Morris Mini Panel Van 4 $20,995.00
1961 Austin Mini 1961 Austin Mini 12 $39,995.00
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air/150/210 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air/150/210 21 $US $18,900.00
1967 Mini Classic Mini 1967 Mini Classic Mini 3 $17,000.00