Mini

Mini

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From its birth in 1959, the Mini grew to become a national treasure and huge success: Princess Margaret owned one, as did Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, the Beatles, Peter Sellers and Marianne Faithfull. Its popularity with women in particular marked it out from the crowd, and sales soared as the car was taken up by the new urban elite and took a starring role in The Italian Job. But there was trouble - the basic Mini sold for less than it cost to produce, and by the early eighties the miracle machine had become a symbol of manufacturing incompetence. The end came in 2000, but a new generation of Mini was just around the corner, and today this motoring pin-up is as iconic as ever. "Mini" features contributions from those who have known and loved this troubled star, as well as its scornful critics. Full of fascinating facts and vivid stories, this is a fabulous celebration of a living national treasure that reads more like the life story of a wayward royal than a machine.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 138 x 192 x 32mm | 358.34g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 x 8pp colour section + integrated
  • 1905264623
  • 9781905264629
  • 328,254

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"Vivid and lively ... this is fascinating stuff" Telegraph "A well-researched journalistic effort that is as good at describing the social context of the Mini as it is of the car itself" The Sunday Times "A well-informed narrative ... as much social history as industrial, the portrait of an age" Mail on Sundayshow more

About Christy Campbell

Christy Campbell is a writer and journalist. He is a former defence correspondent and feature writer for the Sunday Telegraph, which he joined on the eve of the first Gulf War. His book, Phylloxera: How Wine was Saved for the World, won the Glenfiddich-GQ Drink Book of the Year Award 2005.show more

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"Vivid and lively ... this is fascinating stuff"show more

Flap copy

SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL! There's a lot to say in the biography of a fifty-year-old. Join Christy Campbell as he looks back over the life and times of a national treasure and celebrates the highs (film stardom, famous fans, cult status) and the lows (the design flaws that made Wellington boots essential driving kit, the fact that the basic model sold for less than it cost to produce) of half a century of the Mini. From the initial challenge of creating a car that would seat four, use an existing engine and be smaller than anything else on the road, to its sixties glory days and staring role in The Italian Job, as well its troubled later years and subsequent rebirth as a symbol of twenty-first century cool, this is an affectionate fan's history of the car that was an icon, a revolution in motoring ... and a Brit!show more

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Princess Anne drove one. So did the Beatles, Twiggy and Steve McQueen. Millions loved their Mini; it was the 'in-car as different as the people in it'. Now it's time to celebrate the fiftieth birthday of this motoring legend.show more

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