At the Grampian Transport Museum – Sunday 25th August
Sixty years after being launched by the British Motor Corporation (BMC), on 26 August 1959, the Mini remains one of the most recognisable and loved vehicles ever made – it was, also, arguably the world’s first classless car.
The Mini is an enduring symbol of the swinging sixties: it gave its name to the mini skirt and countless small versions of other products; it was bought by a wide spectrum of society from royalty to impoverished students – and in Mini Cooper formats, excelled in motor sport on stage rallies and on tarmac circuits.
In 1959, as the country emerged from post-war austerity, just over 58% of UK households owned a television set, 13% of households had a refrigerator and only 35% of households owned a car. By 1970 over 50% of households owned a car.
The Mini was a key component in all this change. In 1965, it was the UK’s 3rd bestselling car and ten years later, it was the UK’s 3rd bestselling car again. By this time, it was BMC’s bestselling car.
When production ceased in 2000, over 5.5 million Minis had been produced in car, van, estate car, pick up and Moke form.
Mini production peaked in 1971, with over 216,000 of the 318, 475 cars produced being exported.
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