Very few cars inspire as much affection as the original Mini. Itas the small car everyone loves to eulogise because it oozes energetic fun, classless minimalism and evergreen style. But itas also of massive historical importance: the 1959 Mini, designed by Alec Issigonis, set the template from which all successful compact cars have been created ever after. It was the technological wonder of its age. The original Mini was on sale for 41 years, during which its 5.3m sales made it the best-selling British car of all time a an achievement unlikely ever to be beaten. And just when it looked like the little car would shrivel and die, BMW had the vision to reinvent it as the planetas most desirable small car range, and put it back on the serious motoring map as the MINI. Here, award-winning writer Giles Chapman tells the whole, amazing story. Please note that the ebook edition of this title contains only text.FACTS aamp; DATA: MINI COOPER On sale: 2001a6 Engine capacity: 1598cc Engine bore/stroke: 77/85.5mm Engine power output: ... one boasting a 16valve head too, but it was codeveloped as the Tritec with Chrysler and would also be found in the Chrysler Neon. ... or a conventional automatic transmission, but now there was either a fivespeed manual oran electronic continuouslyvariable automatic; theanbsp;...
|Title||:||The Mini Story|
|Publisher||:||The History Press - 2012-03-31|