The Orginal Mini Cooper

By Kellar Ellsworth
The upgraded up racing Mini Cooper S. (motorbiscuit)

Endless ill-conceived sports cars account for much of Britain’s automotive history, however, the original Mini Cooper stands apart. Voted the “European Car of the Century” in 1999 by 130 motoring journalists, the original mini exuded innovation and plucky personality. Inspired by the Suez oil crisis of 1957 and a post World War II economy, the Mini offered affordability on multiple levels. Although designed on solid principles, even its inventors, Sir Leonard Lord of the Morris Company, and his engineer, Alec Issigonis, could not have predicted such rabid popularity. The original Mini hit everyone differently and this is its history.

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