More than just a car, the Mini is the most successful British car ever built - and now it's back With a new design for the 21st century. This text celebrates 50 momentous years of a British design classic, and looks to the future with a special section on the relaunched Mini. It tells the complete story of this most legendary of cars: the unlikely genius who designed it; the Goon who first made it popular; the Lords and Ladies, call-girls and rock stars, swingers and hippies who drove it - at the same time taking a revealing look at Britain in the last half of the 20th century.This created problems - the carburettor tended to ice up in cold weather. ... at the expense of needing an extra gearset in the transmission - to avoid giving the Mini one forward and four reverse gears. ... by throwing handfuls of sand into the clutch housing, though that was never officially recommended as an everyday cure.