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The Development of MINI

The MINI Cooper is one of those iconic vehicles that have left their mark on the motoring imagination in much the same way as Mozart and The Beatles left their mark on music.

Not because it’s the fastest or most beautiful car ever made but because it was a completely original concept that has not been matched before or since.

The MINI brand originated in a crisis caused by a fuel shortage connected with Suez. Many would argue that other brands have been attempting and largely failing to come up with a model as fresh and creative as the MINI was when it first emerged in the 50s.

Nowadays, finding a MINI for sale on the official MINI website is simple and straightforward but back then, purchasing a MINI forced you to visit a showroom or forecourt where choice wouldn’t have been quite as expansive as it is today.

Expanding range

There have been so many new additions to the MINI range over the years including the MINI Van, the MINI pick-up and the MINI Countryman. What they all have in common is meticulousness in their design and a dedication to high standards in their production.

The evolution of the brand continued with the updating of the image under BMW. Many of the model names were retained but the design of the vehicles were updated while retaining those key ingredients that set the vehicle apart in terms of its character.

The circular headlights were made larger but retained their distinctive appearance that makes them appear to be almost looking at you.

Recent newcomers

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The latest model to be released by MINI, the Paceman, is a two-door coupe version of the Countryman. Unlike the majority of the MINI Range, it is not manufactured in England but in Graz, Austria and that gives it extra distinction.

You can read more about the latest models from the brand here .

The MINI brand has given birth not just to cars but also fan clubs which is a testament to the influence of the brand and the vehicles it has spawned. With races regularly organised between rival MINI drivers and memorabilia galore, the MINI brand is unlike any other.

Of course, there are also the many films that have featured the MINI cars not just because it is stylish but also because it carries with it an aura of authenticity that is difficult to replicate.

The Italian Job put the classic MINI in a role which some may argue was more prominent than many of the films human characters and recently restored versions of the vehicles have gone on display for the first time. With any other car this would be a surprise, but with MINI it comes with the territory.

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