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The Mini

The Mini
BR Greaves demonstrates a handbrake turn in a Mini, 1961 © National Motor Museum /HIP/TopFoto.co.uk

The Mini was an iconic car design almost from the moment the first car left the assembly-line in 1959. Designed by Sir Alec Issigonis for the British Motor Corporation as a fuel-conserving little runabout, it looked as tiny as it was possible for a car to get and not be a bubble-car.

While driving a bubble-car could get you smirked at in the street, the Mini commanded respect, and by the time the 1960s were in full swing, everybody wanted one. The present MINI, manufactured by BMW, may be a stylish car, but for the true aficionado, nothing comes close to the sheer weightless, compact panache of the original.