Comeback Cars: Deceased Vehicles That Made Miraculous Recoveries

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content Experience© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content Experience
Mini Cooper | 1960–1967
Original Base Price: $1,340
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 creating a car with excellent balance and handling. With its low cost and fun-to-drive characteristics, the Mini quickly became a cult classic. In 1961 British racer John Cooper added a more powerful engine and bigger brakes and took the Mini rally racing with considerable success — the little race car won at the Monte Carlo rally from 1964–67. Thanks to new emission regulations, the Mini was pulled from the U.S. market in 1967 but continued to be sold around the world until the late 1990s.

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