In a bid to build a small, fuel efficient car to compete with the German cars, Sir Leonard Lord, head of British Motor Corporation (BMC), set out to build a car. Due to his efforts, BMC, which was created in a merger between Austin and Morris in 1952, launched the Mark I Mini on this day in 1959. The Mini would go on to became one of Europe’s greatest selling cars.
Production continued until 2000, at which point some 5.3 million Minis had been produced. A certain group of journalists went on to vote the Mini the European Car of the Century. BMW began producing a new line of Mini Coopers in 2003, one of which the author of this page drives!