There is something cute, fashionable and more than likable about a Mini car. And while we have all gotten used to the “classic” red and black Mini Cooper, the truth is that the history of this car goes beyond that – and that the car itself took several forms before reaching it’s modern look. If you’re in the market to buy a Mini Cooper don’t fret as there are lots of Mini Coopers for sale UK wide, so you’ll never be short on options.
What is the history behind the small giant of the British culture though? Read on and find out more.
Mark I and Mark II Mini
Starting in1959, the first Mark 1 Mini was manufactured. This car looked very much like something Mr. Bean would drive, but, for those times, it was an affordable and nice car that was affordable to the general public. In some countries, this version of the Mini was sold under different names (such as Austin 850, Morris 850 or Austin Mini) – but eventually Mark I became the standard name.
In the mid-60s (1967, to be more precise), the Mini was remodeled and it started to resemble more of what we all know today. Maybe not in the same shade of red and definitely not with the same specs, the Mark II Mini was destined to become a huge success at home and around the world as well. Even today, there are many Mini aficionados who would pay a fortune to own their own Mark II from this era.
The Mini with a Thousand Faces
Mark I and Mark II are not the only “siblings” of the modern Mini Cooper has. In fact, there were many faces this car took before it came to the shape we are all familiar with today. There may not have been an actual “thousand” variants that the Mini was sold in, but its manufacturers really did make sure that they would “squeeze” every inch of “Mini-ness” possible.
The Mini Van, for example, was precisely what it sounds like. It looked like the Mark II Mini, but it had an extended back – so as to resemble a van. The Austin Mini Countryman Mark II was the ancestor of the modern-day Countryman too and the Mini Pick-Up was, again, just what it sounds (but with the then already famous shape of the Mini we know too). Mini Moke and Morris Mini K (only sold in Australia) were two other versions of the original Mini that were sold in the 60s, 70s and early 80s.
The Cooper We Know
Without any trace of doubt, Mini Cooper is probably the most famous Mini car in the world. You can’t mistake it if you see it on the street: small, square-ish, bold and quite elegant these days, the Mini “flies” through the big cars with grace.
The first Mini Cooper was released in 1961 and ever since then, it maintains the standards high. Mini Cooper is still a fairly affordable (although not cheap in any sense the word may take) – and it is still a symbol that great things come in small packages.