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The MINI Cooper has an interesting history. It was created out of crisis, revolutionized car design, became a rally car, and now remains one of the most customizable vehicles on the market. Take a look at its history in this primer from Patrick MINI!
During the Suez Crisis, fuel rationing left families searching for smaller cars. This led Leonard Lord of the Morris Company to task a designer, Sir Alec Issigonis, to create a four passenger, fuel efficient, and affordable vehicle. The popular car revolution design with it’s transverse engine and space saving innovations.
While the layout of the MINI had been created to provide more passenger room while keeping it’s smaller design, it also provided incredible performance. In 1961, racing legend John Cooper got his hands on a MINI; thanks to a larger engine, a few modifications, the classic European rally car–the MINI Cooper 997–was born.
The MINI Cooper remains a popular and highly customizable vehicle The line up has also expanded to include models like the MINI Countryman and MINI Convertible. Contact us at Patrick MINI near Arlington Heights today to experience the innovation and performance of the MINI for yourself.