Try not to judge a book by its cover—there are several Mini facts that not everyone is so familiar with.
5 Facts About the Mini
- Before the release of the modern Mini in 2000 (or 2002 in the United States), the original Mini Cooper was released in 1959. The vehicle was manufactured for forty years in total, being discontinued in 1999.
- Before the year 2000, more than 5.3 million classic Minis were released. For this reason, the Mini is considered to be the car industry’s most popular British vehicle.
- After the original 1959 launch of the Mini Cooper, Morris Mini Motor soon became the first-ever British car to sell over 1 million units.
- For over 40 years, the classic Mini saw absolutely no significant changes to its design—in the world of car manufacturing, this is quite a bit outside the norm. However, due to the public and the Mini’s designer being so enamored with the original design, Alec Issigonis saw no reason for it to be significantly altered. Only minor cosmetic changes were made over the years, and the Mini was given a bit more power, but the base was never updated.
- Now, here’s something that not a lot of people know: The Mini inspired the mini skirt, and by extension, the mini-skirt craze of the 1960s. The initial fame of the mini skirt can be credited to Mary Quant, who was inspired by the Mini Cooper in naming the garment. This allowed the public to associate the mini skirt with an already beloved car, helping to boost Quant’s brand.
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