Mini is a small economy car, released by the British Motor Corporation and its successors from 1959 to 2000. more
Mini logo, seen on every company’s poster, is a circle with the wings, containing the brand name inside. The wings are the symbol of speed, power and freedom. The logo is made in black and silver colors with black symbolizing excellence, elegance and innovation, and silver is the color of sophistication.
The first Mini car was created under ADO-15 (Amalgamated Drawing Office project number 15), the aim of which was to create the most miniature car possible, in 1959. Mini was marketed under Austin and Morris brand names. Only in 1969, it became a separate brand. Thus, the first cars of the brand were called Austin Seven and Morris Mini-Minor. In 1960, Austin Seven Countryman and Morris Mini-Minor Traveller modifications were introduced. In 1963, Mini reached its peak of sales by selling more than 134 thousand cars only in Britain.
In 1966, the British Motor Corporation became a part of British Leyland, which in 1986 changed its name to Rover Group. In 1980-1990s, there were many special editions of Mini cars.
In 1994, Rover Group was sold to BMW. Since 2000, Mini is a subsidiary of BMW company. In 1999, the Mini was called the second most influential car of the 20th century, while the first place was occupied by the Ford Model T. It also was chosen as the European Car of the Century.
Mini Cooper cars were used in 1969 movie "The Italian Job", where they helped to create the longest traffic jam in the cinema history. You can also see Mini in “Mr. Bean”, “The Bourne Identity” and Madonna’s music video “American Life”.