From Paul McCartney to Prince Charles, Mr. Bean to Charlotte Rampling, many stars of the 1960s and 1970s owned a Mini and made it famous.
The Mini is an emblem of the 1960s. It was produced by BMC (British Motor Corporation) from 1959 and was the first car to get front wheel drive. This space saving influenced all manufacturers, because today, front wheel drive is the most popular configuration. The new Mini was launched in 2001 and replaced the legend with updates for the 21st century.
The revolutionary design of the Mini was created by Sir Alec Issigonis (1906-1988), considered a visionary in the field of industrial transportation. It was designed as an affordable vehicle in response to the oil crisis. During its production period, it was built in the Cowley factories in the United Kingdom, then in Australia, Belgium, Chile, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela.