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This airticle is aboot the 1959–2000 Mini. For the BMW Mini frae 2001, see Mini (marque) an Mini Hatch. For ither uises, see Mini (disambiguation).
Mini
Morris Mini-Minor 1959 (621 AOK).jpg
Morris Mini-Minor
Owerview
Manufacturer Britain
International
Also cried
  • Austin 850[1]
  • Austin Cooper [2]
  • Austin Mini
  • Austin Partner[3]
  • Austin Seven
  • Innocenti Mini (1965–1975)[4]
  • Leyland Mini [5]
  • Morris 850
  • Morris Mascot[3]
  • Morris Mini
  • Riley Elf
  • Rover Mini
  • Wolseley 1000[3]
  • Wolseley Hornet
Production
Designer Sir Alec Issigonis
Body and chassis
Cless Ceety caur (A)
Body style
Layoot FF layoot
Relatit
Powertrain
Ingine 848 cc, 970 cc, 997 cc, 998 cc, 1,071 cc, 1,098 cc, 1,275 cc I4 (A-series)
Transmission
  • 4-speed manual
  • 4-speed automatic
  • 5-speed manual (optional extra on some later models)
Dimensions
Wheelbase
  • 2,036 mm (80.2 in) (saloon)
  • 2,138 mm (84.2 in) (estate and commercials)
Lenth
  • 3,054 mm (120.2 in) (saloon)[6]
  • 3,299 mm (129.9 in) (estate an commercials)
  • 3,300 mm (130 in) (Wolseley Hornet/Riley Elf)[7]
Weenth 1,397 mm (55.0 in)
Hicht 1,346 mm (53.0 in)
Crib wecht 580–686 kg (1,279–1,512 lb)

The Mini is a smaw economy caur producit bi the Inglis-based Breetish Motor Corporation (BMC) an its successors frae 1959 till 2000. The oreeginal is considered an icon o 1960s Breetish popular cultur.[8][9][10][11] Its space-savin transverse ingine front-wheel drive layoot – allouin 80 percent o the aurie o the caur's floorpan tae be uised for passengers an luggage – influencit a generation o caur makkers.[12] In 1999 the Mini wis votit the seicont maist influential caur o the 20t century, ahint the Ford Model T, an aheid o the Citroën DS an Volkswagen Beetle.[13][14]

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  1. The Complete USA Press Pack, mk1-performance-conversions.co.uk Retrieved on 2 November 2012
  2. Austin Cooper sales brochure (Swedish), mk1-performance-conversions.co.uk Retrieved 1 June 2017
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Also known as : Mini – Classic, www.aronline.co.uk Retrieved on 9 November 2012
  4. Italian Minis, www.minimania.com Retrieved 12 August 2015
  5. Green Book Price & Model Guide, July–August 1983, page 60
  6. "Mini information page". Archived frae the oreeginal on 15 April 2009. 
  7. Cardew (Ed), Basil (October 1969). "Wolseley Hornet". Daily Express Motor Show Review 1969 on 1970 Cars. London: Daily Express Newspaper: 54. 
  8. Reed, Chris (2003). Complete Classic Mini 1959–2000. Orpington: Motor Racing. ISBN 1-899870-60-1. 
  9. Reed, Chris (1994). Complete Mini: 35 Years Of Production History, Model Changes, Performance Data. MRP. ISBN 0-947981-88-8. 
  10. Clausager, Anders (1997). Essential Mini Cooper. Bideford, Devon: Bay View Books. ISBN 1-870979-86-9. 
  11. "The humble Mini leaves supercars trailing to be named Britain's best-ever motor". Mirror. 30 October 2016. 
  12. Buckley, Martin; Rees, Chris (2006). Cars: An encyclopaedia of the world's most fabulous automobiles. Hermes House. ISBN 1-84309-266-2. The BMC Mini, launched in 1959, is Britain's most influential car ever. It defined a new genre. Other cars used front-wheel drive and transverse engines before but none in such a small space, this was possible as the engine is mounted on top of the gearbox. 
  13. "This Just In: Model T Gets Award", James G. Cobb, The New York Times, 24 December 1999
  14. Strickland, Jonathan. "How the MINI Cooper Works". Auto.howstuffworks.com. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 

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