MINI produces a small selection of sports cars patterned after cars produced by Mini decades earlier. The used MINI line includes the MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper Clubman to name a few. The Clubman is the most recent addition to the MINI family, and is an extended version of the MINI Cooper referred to as an estate (wagon).
The MINIs classic but quirky styling soon found a fan base here in the US, as well as other markets. BMW introduced the new MINI in 2001, and since that time has produced a variety of special edition MINIs, prototype MINIs and has supported MINI-only racing leagues.
A Brief MINI Timeline
Few cars become icons overnight, and the MINI is no exception. The MINI started life as the Mini in 1959 as the Morris Mini-Minor. The first Mini was equipped with a 0.8-liter (848 cc) engine and devised as a small 2-door, front-wheel-drive economy car. Throughout Mini history, many variations would arise, such as a pickup truck, van and a jeep-like buggy called the Mini Moke. The Mini would also go on to become a successful rally car.
||The Morris Mini-Minor is sent to market with an 0.8-liter engine.
||Introduction of the Cooper with a stronger 1.0-liter (997 cc) engine.
||The Cooper S first appears with a 1.1-liter (1071 cc) engine.
||Engine sizes are increased to 970 cc for the standard model and 1.3-liters (1275 cc) for the Cooper S.
||The Mini MKII was launched.
||The 1098 cc Mini Special is created to celebrate 20 years of Mini history and racing success.
||The ERA Turbo Mini is introduced, further earning the Mini a place in performance history.
||The Mini is voted the second most influential car of the 20th century, second only to the Ford Model T.
||Production of the original Mini ceases. Over 5,000,000 units have rolled out the factory doors since 1959.
||BMW picks up the Mini reigns and starts producing the modern MINI. The name is changed to MINI to distinguish the car from the original car.