Even Enzo Ferrari, the founder of the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team, and subsequently of the Ferrari automobile marquee owned one.
It has been featured in countless action movies, one of the last being the remake of The Italian Job where they treated the MINI like another member of the cast. The space-saving transverse engine front-wheel drive layout, which allows 80 percent of the area of the car's floor-plan to be used for passengers and luggage, influenced a generation of car makers.
The MINI was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century in 1999, behind the Ford Model T, and ahead of the Volkswagen Beetle, the original is considered an icon of the ‘60s British popular culture.
The last original MINI, a red Cooper Sport, was built in 2000 and presented to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust that year. A total of 5,387,862 cars had been manufactured, nearly 1.6 million of which were sold in Britain. The last MINI to leave the Longbridge plant did so in 2012.
Several events marked the 50th anniversary of the MINI in 2009. In January 2009, The Royal Mail released a limited edition of stamps titled ‘British Design Classics,’ featuring an original, Egg-Shell Blue, MK1 MINI, registration XAA 274.
In May, a world record parade of 1,450 MINIs congregated at Crystal Palace as part of a London to Brighton run. The following week, 10,000 MINIs and 25,000 people attended an anniversary party at Silverstone Circuit on the border of Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire.
In August of 2009, ‘smallcarBIGCITY’ launched in London to provide sightseeing tours of the capital in a fleet of restored MINI Coopers.
In recent years, MINI has been known for its catchy slogans: “Of Course it’s Smart. It is from Oxford,” “A Dirty MINI is a Sign of a True Motorer,” “Motorers Are Ageless,” and “Let’s Motor.” These slogans have helped brand car company as a type of lifestyle for those who want to be on the go, speeding off to the next adventure.
It’s an effective marketing campaign, and it’s something that films and celebrities seem to pick up on. The MINI isn’t just a car: it’s a fun car that takes its owners on an epic journey full of twists and turns, and ups and downs. In a MINI the open road is your oyster.
There is nothing in the current market comparable to a MINI. It's a luxury economy car that's a blast to drive! Why bother with an underpowered hybrid when one can get 40 mpg with appointments like full leather interior and on board Internet connection via bluetooth from a smartphone?
Now normally, you would think that for most cars you get 1 or 2 of the above three, but I found that with the MINI I gives me all three.
I have owned 4 MINIs, to this day I still enjoy driving it and never grow tired of it.
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