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    Mini: The True and Secret History of the Making of a Motorcar (Hardback) By (author) Simon Garfield

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    DescriptionHow do you make an object that changes the way people think about travel, a small metal box that inspires huge devotion in those who own it, a car that continues to make headlines fifty years after its launch? In May 1959, the first Mini was produced on an assembly line at Cowley, near Oxford. It would take a team of supremely talented designers, draftsmen, engineers and production-line workers to build a car that was unique in appearance and construction. They would clash frequently over an uncomfortable and unsafe prototype, and the public had to be convinced to buy a car that let in two inches of water when it rained. But somehow the Mini became an icon. Originally designed for austerity and efficiency, the car soon came to represent individuality and classlessness. Today, the car is still produced at Cowley - it is now owned by BMW and called the Mini. A great British manufacturing story, it is more popular throughout the world than it has ever been, a symbol of the age that created it. But who makes these things, and what do they think about their work? By meeting the people behind the Mini, Simon Garfield uncovers a fascinating story of British endeavour, ingenuity and masterful marketing. The modern Mini has come a long way from the leaky floor and sliding windows. But throughout its history, the people behind it have always known that they have been making something rare - a car with soul.


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    Title
    Mini
    Subtitle
    The True and Secret History of the Making of a Motorcar
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Simon Garfield
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 204 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 540 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780571248094
    ISBN 10: 0571248098
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: TRA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T12.1
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: WGCB
    Libri: ENGM5700
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14320
    Ingram Subject Code: AU
    BISAC V2.8: TRA003000
    DC22: 629.2222
    BISAC V2.8: TRA001000
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: AUTO1000, P0041791
    Thema V1.0: WGCB
    Publisher
    FABER & FABER
    Imprint name
    FABER & FABER
    Publication date
    01 December 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Simon Garfield was born in 1960. He is the author of Expensive Habits: The Dark Side of the Industry, The End of Innocence: Britain in the Time of AIDS, which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, The Wrestling, The Nation's Favourite: The True Adventures of Radio 1, Mauve, The Last Journey of William Huskisson, The Error World and the Mass Observation trilogy Our Hidden Lives, Private Battles and We Are At War.