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Journeys : August September 2009
Life on the mov Fifty years of the Mini Paul Granston assembly line in August 1959, the Mini has become Britain’s best-selling car ever, with around 5,300,000 models sold. I As testament to its impact on the motoring public, the Mini was voted the second Most Influential Car of the Century – behind the Ford Model T – in a 1999 poll conducted by the prestigious Global Automotive Elections Foundation. n August 2009, the Mini turns fifty. In the four decades since it rolled off the By the end of WWII the British automotive industry was on its knees. From the rubble, two manufacturers, Austin and the Nuffield Organisation, re-emerged to join forces in 1952 to form the British Motor Corporation (BMC). In 1956, in response to petrol rationing brought about by the Suez Crisis, BMC set out to produce a small and economical family car. The task of designing the car was entrusted to Alec Issigonis, whose expertise lay in suspension design. Issigonis envisaged the most compact cube in which four people could sit and duly sketched his early impressions on bits of scrap paper. By 1957 he had built a prototype. His design was a packaging masterpiece and would go on to define a new genre of automotive design. Four initial versions were available on release – the Austin Seven and the Morris Minor (available in basic or deluxe trim) – but the name ‘Mini’ was not used until 1961 for Austin’s version of the car. As the engine was significantly shorter than the width of the car it was mounted transversely rather than longitudinally. Pickles Auctions For real peace of mind, purchase an RACT roadworthy inspected vehicle. Government & Fleet vehicle auction Fixed Price Sales Saturday 9am to 2pm and Monday 8am to 4.30pm 56 Sunderland Street, Derwent ParK 7009 Ph: (03) 6108 8444 20 August / September 09 See your local paper every Saturday for over 80 vehicles. Or for a detailed listing and photographs of vehicles visit our website. www.pickles.com.au Paul Granston Paul Granston
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