Voted second behind the Ford Model T as the most influential car, the Mini was launched in 1959 by the British Motor Corporation and then taken over by BMW in 1999. The Mini Cooper debuted in 1961 as a rally racing car.
Iconic and unmistakably British, the Mini is an instantly recognisable little car with a devoted fan base. Despite its diminutive size, it has space for four passengers and even room for luggage. In 1999, the Mini was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century by the Global Automotive Elections Foundation, just behind the Ford Model T. More original Minis were produced than any other British car (5.4 million) over its 41-year long production – another record for mass-produced British cars.