The Mini: Celebrating 50 Years of a Modern Motoring Icon

The Mini: Celebrating 50 Years of a Modern Motoring Icon


By (author) Brian Laban, Foreword by Jeremy Clarkson

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  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 228mm x 254mm x 22mm | 1,021g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847323731
  • ISBN 13: 9781847323736
  • Illustrations note: 160 colour/bw photographs
  • Sales rank: 466,087

Product description

The most innovative, fun-filled and spectacularly successful British car ever built, the Mini has come to be regarded as far more than just an automobile. This book is a celebration of the Mini and all that it stands for. It tells the story of the car's development, from Issigonis' original right up to BMW's MINI of today, explaining the car's enduring appeal. Using original and contemporary photographs and with tales from the famous, the good and the infamous who have known and loved Minis, this is the only book on the Mini that every motoring enthusiast and Mini lover could ever want. To many thousands of people around the world the Mini is a way of life. Since it first rolled off the production line in August 1959, the car remained essentially the same for 40 years while revolutionising the motor industry, inspiring artists, starring in films and winning numerous racing trophies. When change did eventually come with BMW's new MINI, the style of the original car mixed with the up-to-date technology proved a winning combination that has continued to thrill Mini fans everywhere. Broken into sections dealing with Size - why no other 'small' car comes close; Class - how it was eagerly adopted by Lords and call-girls; Sex - the Swinging Sixties would have merely swayed without it; Speed - how it ate Jags for tea; Money - it never made any; Love - why it won the hearts of millions; Faith - how BMW came to the rescue; and, Rebirth - how it came back to life.

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Author information

Brian Laban has been a motoring writer for 25 years and a fan of the Mini for even longer than that. He passed his driving test in one, and in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s lived with several cars, exotic and plain. He has written on cars for virtually every major British motoring magazine, several foreign ones, and many newspapers. In 1991 he won the Guild of Motoring Writers' Pierre Dreyfus Award for the most outstanding journalistic effort of the year. He writes regularly for Performance Car magazine and is a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph, Auto Express and Sunday Business, among others. He has written around two dozen motoring books.