explore the last 60 years of mini.

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1959

Mini begins life as a Morris Mini Minor – a feat of engineering designed to meet the challenges of changing times.

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1961

British racing legend John Cooper comes across the Mini and puts his spin on Alec Issigonis’ design, adding a more powerful engine, bigger brakes and a few tuning tweaks. The result was the Classic Mini Cooper 997 – a model that set the template for a succession of giant-killing motor racing stars, with three victories in the Monte Carlo Rally among the highlights.

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1964

Mini proves itself as the little car that could – racing to victory in the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally for the first time. Paddy Hopkirk and Henry Liddon won the Rally in a Mini Cooper S, with a faultless run over country roads and mountain passes, ice and snow, tight corners and steep gradients that won the underdog a spot in the hearts of the public and motor sports fans alike. Mini’s dominance in the Rally continued with wins in 1965 and 1967.

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1966

Rauno Aaltonen and Bob Holden win the Gallagher 500 endurance race in a MINI Cooper S, held at the incomparable Mount Panorama circuit in Bathurst. The first nine places in the race were taken out by Minis – arguably the brand’s biggest moment in Australia. The whereabouts of the winning car remains a mystery to this day.

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1966

The New South Wales Police force takes six Mini Cooper S vehicles to trial for highway patrol on the Hume Highway. The force needed a special patrol car that was fast and nimble to replace motorcycle policing – and the Mini Cooper S was just that. They were so successful that NSW Police used the cars for five years.

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1971

With celebrities, musicians and film stars driving Minis, the small but mighty car had won the hearts of the fashionable and creative, and the world seemed to follow suit. By 1969, over 2 million had been sold around the world since the first Mini was launched. In 1971 alone, more than 50,000 Minis are sold worldwide for the year for the first time.

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1971

Morris Mini K launches as an Australian-only vehicle – the larger fuel tank and efficient fuel consumption lent it the nickname ‘Kangaroo’ (an animal that can go all day without drinking). The distinctly Australian model was light green in colour, featured a map of Australia on the rocker cover and was 95 per cent Australian-made.

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1994

MINI is acquired by German brand BMW, which brought German engineering innovation to MINI’s iconic British design. Today, each new model is designed and developed in BMW’s Munich headquarters by interior and exterior designers and automotive engineers.

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1998

To celebrate Mini’s upcoming 40th birthday, three icons – Kate Moss, David Bowie and Paul Smith – design their very own special edition Mini Coopers. The Bowie-style MINI was like a highly-polished bumper, which reflected everything around it. The owner was supposed to see themselves in the reflection, thereby becoming part of the car. Only the rear lights and tyres remained untouched – because technically, the car had to be driveable.

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1999

With over five million classic Minis on the road, a panel of 130 international automotive journalists vote MINI the ‘European Car of the Century’. For the international title, MINI places second, surpassed only by the Ford Model T.

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2003

MINI becomes star of the show in the remake of the film The Italian Job. It’s said that 32 MINI Coopers were used during filming, and sales jumped after the film was released. Actor Mark Wahlberg likened driving the cars to driving "a really high-powered go-kart".

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2004

Just in time for summer, the MINI Hatch receives a makeover with a convertible version. The new addition to the family followed the successful release of the MINI Hatch and took the playful spirit of MINI a step further.

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2007

The classic MINI Clubman takes a fresh update – an urban model designed to move between work and play, that’s still a favourite to this day.

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2008

The MINI John Cooper Works is launched, heralding a new era of motorsport with a nod to the essence of MINI’s racing heritage. The new vehicle featured twin-pipe sports exhaust, contrast roof and mirror caps and thrillingly responsive acceleration – an impressive addition to MINI’s line up.

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2010

The world’s most iconic small car grows up with the introduction of the MINI Countryman. The SUV concept proved immediately successful.

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2012

MINI earns its first Dakar Rally title, kicking off an era of motorsport success to rival that of the early 1960s. The MINI All4 Racing would go on to win the Rally in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

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2013

The MINI 5-door Hatch is released, adding extra space to an already-loved model, which to this day remains a MINI favourite.

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2015

British motoring meets Italian craftsmanship with the MINI Superleggera Vision. The intention? To celebrate the superlight quality, performance and sheer love of bygone days of motoring in a car equipped with the very latest functionalities and technology.

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2017

Inspired by John Cooper’s legendary motorsport triumphs, the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept picks up the baton from the previous JCW models – representing undiluted dynamic flair and the ultimate in driving fun – on both the race track and the road.

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2017

Taking the iconic design, city-dwelling heritage and customary go-kart feeling of the MINI into the future, the MINI Electric Concept Car is announced. The model is a glimpse of how pure electric day-to-day mobility might look in the years to come.

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2019

Always evolving and looking forward, MINI confirms its first-ever hybrid electric model – the MINI Countryman S E All4. With a potential charge time of just two hours and 15 minutes, it’s a bold step into the future, while keeping the iconic MINI spirit and design.

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2019

Paying homage to the Millbrook proving circuit in Bedfordshire, MINI returns to its racing roots with an exclusive model, the MINI JCW Millbrook Edition. Taking its name from one of Europe’s foremost facilities for testing and development, the model paves the way for a new era of MINI motorsport.

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1959

Mini begins life as a Morris Mini Minor – a feat of engineering designed to meet the challenges of changing times.

read more
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1961

British racing legend John Cooper comes across the Mini and puts his spin on Alec Issigonis’ design, adding a more powerful engine, bigger brakes and a few tuning tweaks. The result was the Classic Mini Cooper 997 – a model that set the template for a succession of giant-killing motor racing stars, with three victories in the Monte Carlo Rally among the highlights.

Assembly starts in Australia with the Morris 850. A plant at Zetland, set up to construct cars from UK-sourced kits, was expected to assemble 20 Minis a day. Output soon climbed to 100 cars a day and, by 1963, Mini was third on the Australian sales charts.

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1964

Mini proves itself as the little car that could – racing to victory in the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally for the first time. Paddy Hopkirk and Henry Liddon won the Rally in a Mini Cooper S, with a faultless run over country roads and mountain passes, ice and snow, tight corners and steep gradients that won the underdog a spot in the hearts of the public and motor sports fans alike. Mini’s dominance in the Rally continued with wins in 1965 and 1967.

read more
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1966

Rauno Aaltonen and Bob Holden win the Gallagher 500 endurance race in a MINI Cooper S, held at the incomparable Mount Panorama circuit in Bathurst. The first nine places in the race were taken out by Minis – arguably the brand’s biggest moment in Australia. The whereabouts of the winning car remains a mystery to this day.

read more
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1966

The New South Wales Police force takes six Mini Cooper S vehicles to trial for highway patrol on the Hume Highway. The force needed a special patrol car that was fast and nimble to replace motorcycle policing – and the Mini Cooper S was just that. They were so successful that NSW Police used the cars for five years.

read more
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1971

With celebrities, musicians and film stars driving Minis, the small but mighty car had won the hearts of the fashionable and creative, and the world seemed to follow suit. By 1969, over 2 million had been sold around the world since the first Mini was launched. In 1971 alone, more than 50,000 Minis are sold worldwide for the year for the first time.

read more
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1971

Morris Mini K launches as an Australian-only vehicle – the larger fuel tank and efficient fuel consumption lent it the nickname ‘Kangaroo’ (an animal that can go all day without drinking). The distinctly Australian model was light green in colour, featured a map of Australia on the rocker cover and was 95 per cent Australian-made.

read more
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1994

MINI is acquired by German brand BMW, which brought German engineering innovation to MINI’s iconic British design. Today, each new model is designed and developed in BMW’s Munich headquarters by interior and exterior designers and automotive engineers.

read more
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1998

To celebrate Mini’s upcoming 40th birthday, three icons – Kate Moss, David Bowie and Paul Smith – design their very own special edition Mini Coopers. The Bowie-style MINI was like a highly-polished bumper, which reflected everything around it. The owner was supposed to see themselves in the reflection, thereby becoming part of the car. Only the rear lights and tyres remained untouched – because technically, the car had to be driveable.

read more
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1999

With over five million classic Minis on the road, a panel of 130 international automotive journalists vote MINI the ‘European Car of the Century’. For the international title, MINI places second, surpassed only by the Ford Model T.

In October of 1999, just a few days before the final classic Mini rolled off the production line, the concept for a new MINI is unveiled at the Paris Auto Show. The distinctive design and personality is immediately recognisable, and reference the iconic design that made MINI so famous decades earlier.

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2003

MINI becomes star of the show in the remake of the film The Italian Job. It’s said that 32 MINI Coopers were used during filming, and sales jumped after the film was released. Actor Mark Wahlberg likened driving the cars to driving "a really high-powered go-kart".

read more
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2004

Just in time for summer, the MINI Hatch receives a makeover with a convertible version. The new addition to the family followed the successful release of the MINI Hatch and took the playful spirit of MINI a step further.

read more
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2007

The classic MINI Clubman takes a fresh update – an urban model designed to move between work and play, that’s still a favourite to this day.

read more
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2008

2010

The MINI John Cooper Works is launched, heralding a new era of motorsport with a nod to the essence of MINI’s racing heritage. The new vehicle featured twin-pipe sports exhaust, contrast roof and mirror caps and thrillingly responsive acceleration – an impressive addition to MINI’s line up.

The world’s most iconic small car grows up with the introduction of the MINI Countryman. The SUV concept proved immediately successful.

read more
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2012

MINI earns its first Dakar Rally title, kicking off an era of motorsport success to rival that of the early 1960s. The MINI All4 Racing would go on to win the Rally in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

read more
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2013

The MINI 5-door Hatch is released, adding extra space to an already-loved model, which to this day remains a MINI favourite.

read more
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2015

British motoring meets Italian craftsmanship with the MINI Superleggera Vision. The intention? To celebrate the superlight quality, performance and sheer love of bygone days of motoring in a car equipped with the very latest functionalities and technology.

read more
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2017

Inspired by John Cooper’s legendary motorsport triumphs, the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept picks up the baton from the previous JCW models – representing undiluted dynamic flair and the ultimate in driving fun – on both the race track and the road.

read more

2017

Taking the iconic design, city-dwelling heritage and customary go-kart feeling of the MINI into the future, the MINI Electric Concept Car is announced. The model is a glimpse of how pure electric day-to-day mobility might look in the years to come.

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2019

Always evolving and looking forward, MINI confirms its first-ever hybrid electric model – the MINI Countryman S E All4. With a potential charge time of just two hours and 15 minutes, it’s a bold step into the future, while keeping the iconic MINI spirit and design.

read more
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2019

Paying homage to the Millbrook proving circuit in Bedfordshire, MINI returns to its racing roots with an exclusive model, the MINI JCW Millbrook Edition. Taking its name from one of Europe’s foremost facilities for testing and development, the model paves the way for a new era of MINI motorsport.

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