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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:

1981 Moke California 1981 Moke California 12 $25,000.00
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
1969 Volkswagen Beetle - Classic 1969 Volkswagen Beetle - Classic 1 $12,900.00
1980 Austin Clubman 1980 Austin Clubman 21 $22,500.00
1967 Mini Classic Mini 1967 Mini Classic Mini 8 $27,500.00
Mini Moke Mini Moke 10 $10,500.00
1972 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1972 Chevrolet Other Pickups 12 $9,500.00
1937 Oldsmobile Other 1937 Oldsmobile Other 12 $23,400.00
1934 Ford 3w coupe 1934 Ford 3w coupe 16 $US $30,000.00
1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air 1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air 12 $85,000.00
1979 Austin Mini 1000 1979 Austin Mini 1000 16 $US $12,000.00
1967 Chevrolet Camaro 1967 Chevrolet Camaro 11 $55,500.00
LEYLAND P76 V8 SEDAN SUIT PARTS OR RESTORATION AUSSIE CLASSIC LEYLAND P76 V8 SEDAN SUIT PARTS OR RESTORATION AUSSIE CLASSIC 9 $1,950.00
1965 Plymouth Barracuda Gasser 1965 Plymouth Barracuda Gasser 21 $US $22,000.00
1989 Pontiac Trans Am 1989 Pontiac Trans Am 12 $27,500.00
Mini Moke Californian Mini Moke Californian 12 $26,500.00
1969 Plymouth Road Runner 1969 Plymouth Road Runner 21 $32,500.00
1974 Mini Classic Mini 1974 Mini Classic Mini 7 $13,700.00
Mini Moke Mini Moke 10 $9,400.00
mini moke project collector mini moke project collector 7 $2,500.00
1934 Ford Other 1934 Ford Other 21 $US $31,100.00
1969 Plymouth Road Runner 1969 Plymouth Road Runner 21 $32,500.00
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air/150/210 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air/150/210 21 $78,500.00
1989 Pontiac Trans Am 1989 Pontiac Trans Am 12 $27,500.00
1978 Pontiac Trans Am Trans AM 1978 Pontiac Trans Am Trans AM 12 $25,900.00
1967 Mini Classic Mini 1967 Mini Classic Mini 2 $15,995.00
1967 Mini Classic Mini Cooper S 1967 Mini Classic Mini Cooper S 21 $34,400.00
Mini Moke Californian Mini Moke Californian 12 $26,500.00
1980 Nissan 300ZX 1980 Nissan 300ZX 13 $US $9,000.00
1989 Porsche 944 Turbo S 1989 Porsche 944 Turbo S 12 $39,951.00
1969 Pontiac Firebird 1969 Pontiac Firebird 19 $126,000.00
1989 Porsche 928 S4 1989 Porsche 928 S4 11 $35,000.00
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air/150/210 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air/150/210 21 $78,500.00
1967 Volkswagen Beetle - Classic sunroof 1967 Volkswagen Beetle - Classic sunroof 6 $30,000.00
1967 Mini Cooper S 1967 Mini Cooper S 8 $18,600.00
MORRIS MARINA 1973 1.7 MORRIS MARINA 1973 1.7 12 $1,000.00
1946 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1946 Chevrolet Other Pickups 12 $9,000.00
1965 Plymouth Barracuda Gasser 1965 Plymouth Barracuda Gasser 13 $US $22,000.00
mini moke 1982 4 seater registered in NSW mini moke 1982 4 seater registered in NSW 12 $10,020.00
1971 Plymouth Barracuda 1971 Plymouth Barracuda 21 $US $50,400.00
1961 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight DYNAMIC 1961 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight DYNAMIC 12 $US $14,100.00
1934 Chevrolet Other 1934 Chevrolet Other 21 $US $15,967.00
1932 Ford Other 1932 Ford Other 12 $45,000.00
1969 Pontiac Firebird 1969 Pontiac Firebird 19 $126,000.00
1967 Mini Classic Mini MK1 Panel 1967 Mini Classic Mini MK1 Panel 12 $US $23,900.00
Mini Moke Californian Mini Moke Californian 12 $26,500.00
mini mini 6 $3,700.00
1970 Plymouth Road Runner 1970 Plymouth Road Runner 21 $US $13,600.00
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air/150/210 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air/150/210 21 $US $195,000.00
1985 Mini Classic Mini 1985 Mini Classic Mini 13 $12,500.00
MORRIS MARINA 1973 1.7 MORRIS MARINA 1973 1.7 12 $1,000.00
1955 Chevrolet Other Pickups 3100 1955 Chevrolet Other Pickups 3100 12 $US $18,500.00
1966 Morris Mini Panel Van 1966 Morris Mini Panel Van 4 $16,995.00
mini mini 6 $3,700.00
1969 Plymouth Road Runner 1969 Plymouth Road Runner 21 $55,000.00
1953 Ford Other 1953 Ford Other 12 $15,000.00
Leyland Morris Mini 2 Door Sedan Leyland Morris Mini 2 Door Sedan 12 $760.00
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 12 $32,000.00
1966 Ford Mustang GT 1966 Ford Mustang GT 10 $34,500.00
1967 Chevrolet Other Pickups C10 1967 Chevrolet Other Pickups C10 21 $26,995.00
1958 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1958 Chevrolet Other Pickups 21 $US $13,400.00
1969 Pontiac Firebird 1969 Pontiac Firebird 18 $126,000.00
1979 Mini AUSTIN MINI SUPER -- 1979 Mini AUSTIN MINI SUPER -- 12 $10,988.00
1977 Austin Mini 1977 Austin Mini 12 $19,000.00
mini mini 6 $3,400.00
1965 Chevrolet Nova 1965 Chevrolet Nova 12 $20,000.00
1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass 432 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass 432 1 $34,900.00
1966 Morris Mini Panel Van 1966 Morris Mini Panel Van 4 $16,995.00
1970 Chevrolet Camaro 1970 Chevrolet Camaro 21 $33,000.00
1985 Mini Classic Mini 1985 Mini Classic Mini 13 $14,000.00
Mini Moke Californian Mini Moke Californian 12 $26,500.00
1969 Plymouth Road Runner 1969 Plymouth Road Runner 21 $60,000.00
Ford: Other Tudor Ford: Other Tudor 17 $C $39,500.00
1989 Mini Cooper S Mini Cooper 1989 Mini Cooper S Mini Cooper 16 $US $17,900.00
Leyland Morris Mini 2 Door Sedan Leyland Morris Mini 2 Door Sedan 12 $1,991.00
1964 Cadillac Coupe de Ville -- 1964 Cadillac Coupe de Ville -- 12 $34,900.00
1971 Plymouth Barracuda 1971 Plymouth Barracuda 21 $US $40,856.00
1980 Mini Classic Mini 1980 Mini Classic Mini 12 $15,700.00
1973 Mini Classic Mini COOPER 1973 Mini Classic Mini COOPER 21 $US $10,200.00
LEYLAND MINI PANEL VAN BODY RARE VINTAGE BARN FIND CHEAP RESTORE RAT OLD LEYLAND MINI PANEL VAN BODY RARE VINTAGE BARN FIND CHEAP RESTORE RAT OLD 8 $400.00
1975 Jeep CJ 1975 Jeep CJ 7 $13,000.00
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 12 $32,000.00
1981 Opel Coupe 1981 Opel Coupe 10 $85,000.00
1979 Mini AUSTIN MINI SUPER -- 1979 Mini AUSTIN MINI SUPER -- 12 $11,988.00
1988 Austin Mini Designer Designer 1988 Austin Mini Designer Designer 14 $13,000.00
mini moke 1.8 litre vtec engine mini moke 1.8 litre vtec engine 11 $32,000.00
mini mini 6 $2,800.00