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“Small enough to get about this shrinking, crowded world:” the design and construction of BMC’s original Mini

Published in blog.hemmings.com

Front-wheel drive had been done before, of course. Even the transverse engine front-wheel-drive layout predated the Mini. However, as this 1961 BMC video via British Pathe notes, Alec Issigonis’ triumph with the Mini came in packaging all the basic mechanical bits of an automobile in a compact format that still allowed space enough for a family of four and all their belongings. Sixty years later, it’s well recognized as one of the most influential cars of all time.

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