There’s nothing more annoying than having to queue for fuel, but it’s actually a fuel shortage, following the 1956 Suez Crisis, that we have to thank for the design and production of one of the most-loved British cars of all time – the mini.
The friendly team at Cherished Vehicle Classic Car Insurance love to hear all about your own little classic, but here’s a few tit-bits you might not have heard:
– The mini came about because Leonard Lord, head of the Bristish Motor Corporation, hated the flood of German bubble cars into Britain and determined to design a ‘proper miniature car’
– The mark 1 mini hit the streets in 1959 but was originally called the Austin Seven and the Morris Mini Minor until 1969, when Mini became a marque in its own right
– Sliding windows gave room for storage in the hollow doors which apparently was designed of a size to accommodate a bottle of Gordon’s Gin and several tonics
– To increase the luggage space, the boot lid was hinged at the bottom so that it could be left open whilst driving
– Nearly five and a half million minis were manufactured between 1959 and 2000 – making it the most popular British car every made
– The famous mini escape through the Turin sewers in ‘The Italian Job’ was actually filmed in Coventry
This is perhaps a mixture of fact and anecdote, but one thing we’re sure of is that if you talk to the experts here at Cherished Vehicle Classic Car Insurance, you’ll get ‘maxi’ cover for a ‘mini’ price!
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