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MINI Rally

The MINI Cooper S MC40 limited-edition rally car!
   

MINI Cabrio

The MINI Cabrio launched at Geneva!
   

MINI Italian Job Game

Italian Job MINI Cooper Game!
   

MINI Driving Shoe

The MINI Driving Shoe!
   

MINI Works

The MINI Cooper S with the Works!
   

Missoni Mini

The Missoni MINI!
   

MINI One Diesel

MINI now available with a diesel engine!
   

Gold MINI

MINI gets a new color...Gold!
   

Monster Mini

Monster MINI is a snowmobile!
   

2003 Calendar

2003 MINI Calendar has pictures for each month.
   

news

Info on the MINI Recall.
   

Austin Powers MINI from the movie Goldmember.
   

Meet the Supermini!
   

MINI Cooper S pictures up close, in detail.
 

piggyback

MINI goes for a piggyback ride.
   

MINI Cooper S

MINI Cooper S facts, specs and more.
   

MINI meets Horse!
   

design

Hot designs for the Cooper S.
   

march madness

MINI Madness for the month of March.
   

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Links to other MINI web sites.
   

news

The MINI news.
   

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MINI dealers in the USA.

 
MINI Clean Energy The MINI in green?! That's green as in Clean Green, the newest Hydrogen Car in a very small package.

Alec Issigonis The world debut of the BMW MINI took place at the Mondial de l'Automobile 2000 international auto show in Paris, France. Following the debut, the MINI traveled to Birmingham, England, for the British International Motor Show 2000. The North American debut took place at the Detroit International Auto Show. Then it was shown at the Geneva International Motor Show

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Frank Stephenson designed the MINI's exterior. Find out here what Frank did to make the BMW board laugh uncontrollably when he presented the MINI design.

Originally conceived by innovator Alec Issigonis, the Mini was intended to be the smallest possible car that could accommodate four adults and luggage. It measured approximately 10 feet long, 4 feet high and 4 feet wide in an era when most cars were the size of Hummers.

How did it survive?

Design

Design

The engineers used a concept that had never been tried before; a transverse engine, driving the front wheels with a gear box, and a final drive built into the sump of the engine. Front wheel drive was born.

Mini cutaway

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Mini Cooper

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Timing

Timing

The Mini was launched on August 26, 1959, during an era of fuel rationing from the oil producing nations. Consumers wanted smaller cars with smaller appetites.

Performance

Performance

Mini Cooper

Shortly after the Mini's debut, famed race car builder John Cooper had a great idea, and he began work to enhance the performance and handling of the Mini.

Introduced in 1961 as the Mini Cooper, the car became an instant hit in competitive motorsports.

Today, one of the most desirable Mini's is the 1963 Mini Cooper S. This high-performance model is a 3-time winner of the prestigious Monte Carlo Rally.

Twiggy and her mini-skirt

Mini Skirt

 

Appeal

Appeal

People soon became aware of the character of the Mini; a joyful, spirited, emotional car for a modern, urban lifestyle. In recent voting for the Car of the Century, the Mini placed second, ahead of the CitroŽn DS, VW Beetle, and Porsche 911.

Among its many distinctions, the Mini was the inspiration behind the naming of the famed Mini skirt by 60's fashion designer Mary Quant, from her Chelsea boutique, Bazaar.

A number of celebrities have owned Mini's including the Beatles (who had one each), Peter Sellers, Peter Ustinov, David Bowie, Britt Ekland, Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman, Brigitte Bardot, Dudley Moore, Cliff Richard, Lord Snowdon, Princess Alexandra, Prince Michael of Kent, Twiggy, Dame Margot Fonteyn, Niki Lauda and the venerable Enzo Ferrari.

BMW Mini

The character of Minis past is retained in the new MINI, along with the safety, high technology, driving dynamics, flexibility and individual style drivers demand today.


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