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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:

1977 Pontiac Trans Am 1977 Pontiac Trans Am 21 $25,000.00
1983 Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon 1983 Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon 10 $12,000.00
1978 Pontiac Firebird 1978 Pontiac Firebird 17 $24,950.00
1967 Chevrolet Camaro 1967 Chevrolet Camaro 10 $50,000.00
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Pro Touring X11 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Pro Touring X11 21 $107,900.00
1934 Ford 3 Window Coupe Hot Rod Model 40 1934 Ford 3 Window Coupe Hot Rod Model 40 4 $65,000.00
1963 Chevrolet Impala 1963 Chevrolet Impala 21 $US $16,730.63
1977 Pontiac Trans Am 1977 Pontiac Trans Am 21 $25,000.00
1968 Pontiac GTO 1968 Pontiac GTO 21 $25,000.00
1961 Triumph TR3 1961 Triumph TR3 13 $25,900.00
1975 Mini Classic Mini 1975 Mini Classic Mini 21 $16,500.00
1988 Rolls-Royce Corniche 1988 Rolls-Royce Corniche 21 $55,000.00
1980 Mini Classic Mini 1980 Mini Classic Mini 9 $US $9,995.00
1980 Mini Classic Mini 1980 Mini Classic Mini 21 $US $9,000.00
1971 Mini Classic Mini 1971 Mini Classic Mini 12 $21,000.00
1967 Plymouth Barracuda 1967 Plymouth Barracuda 21 $70,000.00
1988 Suzuki Samurai 1988 Suzuki Samurai 12 $12,999.00
1979 Pontiac Trans Am Firebird 1979 Pontiac Trans Am Firebird 12 $US $11,000.00
1985 Pontiac Firebird 1985 Pontiac Firebird 13 $US $15,000.00
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air/150/210 210 Post 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air/150/210 210 Post 4 $34,999.00
1967 Chevrolet Camaro 1967 Chevrolet Camaro 18 $32,500.00
1974 Mini Classic Mini 1974 Mini Classic Mini 11 $20,000.00
1980 Mini Classic Mini 2 Dr RHD Coupe 1980 Mini Classic Mini 2 Dr RHD Coupe 12 $US $9,999.00
1963 Mini Cooper 1963 Mini Cooper 12 $19,500.00
1966 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1A 1966 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1A 9 $89,000.00
1966 Ford Mustang 1966 Ford Mustang 21 $125,000.00
1972 Dodge Dart 1972 Dodge Dart 12 $9,500.00
1967 Chevrolet Camaro 1967 Chevrolet Camaro 9 $200,000.00
1977 Pontiac Trans Am 1977 Pontiac Trans Am 21 $25,000.00
1966 Ford F-100 1966 Ford F-100 10 $28,000.00
1977 Mini Classic Mini 1977 Mini Classic Mini 6 $12,000.00
1986 Other Makes 1986 Other Makes 12 $15,750.00
1971 Chevrolet Camaro 1971 Chevrolet Camaro 11 $32,000.00
1968 Pontiac GTO 1968 Pontiac GTO 21 $US $13,211.00
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Pro Touring X11 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Pro Touring X11 21 $107,900.00
1932 Ford 3 Window Coupe 1932 Ford 3 Window Coupe 14 $39,000.00
1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air 1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air 12 $72,000.00
1964 Mini Classic Mini 1964 Mini Classic Mini 5 $21,000.00
1974 Mini Classic Mini 1974 Mini Classic Mini 11 $22,000.00
1974 Mini Classic Mini 1974 Mini Classic Mini 12 $US $10,150.00
1930 Ford Model A 1930 Ford Model A 15 $US $16,000.00
1933 Replica/Kit Makes Roadster 1933 Replica/Kit Makes Roadster 12 $44,995.00
1983 Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon 1983 Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon 12 $12,000.00
1988 Rolls-Royce Corniche 1988 Rolls-Royce Corniche 21 $55,000.00
1985 Chevrolet Corvette 1985 Chevrolet Corvette 12 $50,000.00
1931 Ford Model A -- 1931 Ford Model A -- 1 $39,500.00
1967 Chevrolet Other Pickups C10 1967 Chevrolet Other Pickups C10 12 $26,995.00
1965 Morris 1965 Morris 5 $18,000.00
1967 Mini Cooper S 1967 Mini Cooper S 7 $US $13,600.00
1966 Volkswagen Microbus -- 1966 Volkswagen Microbus -- 12 $130,000.00
1940 Ford Other 1940 Ford Other 9 $44,999.00
1971 Plymouth Barracuda 1971 Plymouth Barracuda 21 $149,000.00
1952 Chevrolet Other 1952 Chevrolet Other 21 $US $18,995.00
1967 Volkswagen Beetle - Classic sunroof 1967 Volkswagen Beetle - Classic sunroof 7 $27,000.00
1974 Mini Classic Mini 1974 Mini Classic Mini 11 $22,000.00
1923 Ford T-Bucket Track T Roadster 1923 Ford T-Bucket Track T Roadster 4 $26,995.00
1970 Volkswagen Beetle - Classic 1970 Volkswagen Beetle - Classic 1 $US $10,000.00
1983 Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon 1983 Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon 5 $13,500.00
1967 Volkswagen Beetle - Classic 1967 Volkswagen Beetle - Classic 21 $US $10,600.00
Leyland Mini Clubman 1972 Leyland Mini Clubman 1972 10 $6,250.00
1968 Dodge Dart 1968 Dodge Dart 21 $74,000.00
1937 Oldsmobile Other 1937 Oldsmobile Other 12 $21,000.00
1970 Pontiac GTO 1970 Pontiac GTO 21 $79,900.00
1985 Toyota Other 1985 Toyota Other 21 $10,150.00
1964 Pontiac GTO 1964 Pontiac GTO 13 $US $16,800.00
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air/150/210 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air/150/210 21 $72,000.00
Leyland Mini Clubman 1972 Leyland Mini Clubman 1972 10 $6,250.00
Mini Moke Californian Mini Moke Californian 12 $26,500.00
1972 Plymouth Duster 1972 Plymouth Duster 21 $19,500.00
Mini Cooper S Mini Cooper S 2 $10,000.00
1950 Chevrolet Other Pickups Pick Up 1950 Chevrolet Other Pickups Pick Up 21 $US $20,300.00
1974 Mini Classic Mini 1974 Mini Classic Mini 7 $13,700.00
1977 Pontiac Trans Am 1977 Pontiac Trans Am 21 $19,900.00
1968 Pontiac GTO 1968 Pontiac GTO 21 $26,000.00
1988 Rolls-Royce Corniche 1988 Rolls-Royce Corniche 21 $55,000.00
1952 Chevrolet Other 1952 Chevrolet Other 21 $US $17,900.00
1971 Plymouth Barracuda 1971 Plymouth Barracuda 21 $149,000.00
Mini Moke Californian Mini Moke Californian 12 $26,500.00
Leyland Mini 1976 Leyland Mini 1976 12 $15,000.00
1968 Pontiac Firebird 1968 Pontiac Firebird 21 $US $34,200.00
1968 Mini Classic Mini Super Deluxe 1968 Mini Classic Mini Super Deluxe 12 $12,000.00
1972 Plymouth Duster 1972 Plymouth Duster 21 $19,900.00
1937 Oldsmobile Other 1937 Oldsmobile Other 12 $21,000.00
1989 Pontiac Trans Am 1989 Pontiac Trans Am 12 $27,500.00
1980 Mini Classic Mini 1980 Mini Classic Mini 21 $29,500.00
1981 Moke California 1981 Moke California 12 $20,000.00
1968 Pontiac GTO 1968 Pontiac GTO 21 $26,000.00
1967 Volkswagen Beetle-New Ragtop 1967 Volkswagen Beetle-New Ragtop 12 $19,998.00
1980 Mini Classic Mini 1980 Mini Classic Mini 12 $15,900.00
Leyland Mini Leyland Mini 1 $15,900.00
1961 Ford Falcon 1961 Ford Falcon 20 $US $12,500.00
Mini Moke Californian Mini Moke Californian 12 $26,500.00
LEYLAND P76 V8 SEDAN SUIT PARTS OR RESTORATION AUSSIE CLASSIC LEYLAND P76 V8 SEDAN SUIT PARTS OR RESTORATION AUSSIE CLASSIC 12 $1,500.00
1972 Chevrolet Nova 1972 Chevrolet Nova 21 $18,500.00
1970 Chevrolet Camaro 1970 Chevrolet Camaro 12 $60,000.00
1937 Oldsmobile Other 1937 Oldsmobile Other 12 $21,000.00
1989 Pontiac Trans Am 1989 Pontiac Trans Am 12 $27,500.00
1965 Plymouth Barracuda Gasser 1965 Plymouth Barracuda Gasser 21 $US $20,000.00
1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass 432 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass 432 1 $34,900.00
1965 Pontiac Other CANSO SPORT DELUXE 1965 Pontiac Other CANSO SPORT DELUXE 21 $12,100.00