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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Brief History of Mini Cooper and Its Latest Model

Mr. Bean's Car: MK IV British Leyland Mini 1000 Yes, I love Mr. Bean but this is not the reason why I'm so attracted to Mini Cooper.

British Motor Corporation
According to Wikipedia, the British Motor Corporation or BMC was the producer of Mini, a diminutive car. They created the Mini in 1959 until 2000.

Volkswagen Beetle
Mini can be considered the British equivalent of Volkswagen beetle which were both popular in North America that time.

Most Influential Car
This small car was chosen as the second most influential car of the 20th century following Ford Model T. It was Sir Alec Issigonis who designed the original two-door Mini car for BMC.

John Cooper
Later on, a friend of Issigonis and the owner of Cooper Car Company, John Cooper recognized Mini's potential for competition. John Cooper was the man behind Formula 1 and rally cars. At first, Issigonis had second thoughts about the idea but when John Cooper made a plea to the BMC management, these two friends worked together to build a quick and cost-effective car--the Mini Cooper. And in 1961, the Austin Mini Cooper and Morris Mini Cooper made their first public appearance.

BMW
Nowadays, BMW has full ownership to Mini. However, the new BMW Mini is not akin to the old car but they retain the front-wheel-drive form, standard transverse 4-cylinder and the original bulldog figure.

Mini Coopers in Movies like Mr. Bean and the Italian Job
Maybe you've also seen Mini Coopers used by famous celebrities in the movies. If you're a fan of Mr. Bean (like my nephew, Borgy, who can memorize every scene of Mr. Bean), you'd notice that Mr. Bean is driving a Mini Cooper. His is a 1970s MK IV British Leyland Mini 1000.

On the other hand, the Mini Cooper drove by the actors and actresses on the Italian Job was a Mini Coooper S. In this film, you can see how quick and reliable this vehicle is and how it has beaten the bumper-to-bumper traffic. Also, the Mini Cooper's figure has some similarities with Fuldamobile of Fulda, Germany.
Mini Cooper Chilli
This image is a Mini Cooper Chilli, one of the latest models of Mini Cooper. Quick Facts: Top speed: 203 km/h 88 kW (120 hp) at 6000 rpm 0-100 km/h in 9.1s.


Mini Coopers in Davao City
I've only seen quite a few Mini Coopers swerving around Davao. It is maybe because most vehicles you'll see here are the likes of Bugatti Veyron, Pagani Zonda, and Porsche…just kidding. Mini Coooper is the vehicle I wanted to drive. Maybe if I had this kind of car, I will never be late to any of my business meetings or appointment during traffic jam.

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3 comments:

I think the Mini is lovely but it now over-engineered by BMW (who make very good rear-drive cars themselves).

Still, I would buy a mini today if one were for sale in Zimbabwe. They have character, unlike the mass produced anonymous things most working people drive today.

Hello Denford,

I like the word that you used to describe the Mini... 'character.'

Ty for dropping by.

Mini Coopers are the most fun cars on the market regardless of price range. The cars are hip and stylish with sports car like handling and BMW build quality.

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