Cars That Stand the Test of Time

Mini Cooper
Introduced: 1960
The original Mini Cooper was the brainchild of Alec Issigonis — an engineer with the Morris company — who had the daunting task of designing a small, fuel-efficient but affordable car that could carry four passengers. By pushing the wheels to the corners and turning the engine sideways, Issigonis maximized interior space while at the same time created a car with excellent balance and handling. When the car was first launched the public wasn’t sure what to make of the tiny machine, but the small size, low price and fun-to-drive nature made the Mini an instant hit. Shortly after the Mini’s introduction, British racing legend John Cooper got his hands on one. After giving it a more powerful engine, bigger brakes and sport tuning, the Mini became a race car. By 1977 more than 4 million Minis had been sold worldwide, and in 1999 the last classic Mini rolled off the assembly line.

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