BMC Mini (1959)
Small, light, the standard for everything that came after and an astonishing competition success. Words that could equally have applied to the previous entry, but in fact belong to possibly the most revolutionary car of all time, the BMC Mini-Minor. Which by the way was also marketed as ‘Seven’ under the Austin logo. The first car with a transverse engine under the hood driving the front wheels was the brainchild of the genius engineer Sir Alex Issigonis, who wanted to minimize the space available for driver and passengers.
The resulting wheel-on-every-corner stance of the Mini was not only perfectly packaged, it lent itself for decades to excellent handling and unparalleled prowess on tracks and rally stages, as you can still see as they battle much bigger machines in the Revival’s St Mary’s Trophy. Made in Great Britain, Australia, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Chile, Malta, Portugal, South Africa, Uruguay, Venezuela and Yugoslavia. Up to the current millennium, nearly 5.4 million came off the production line.