Best things come in small packages
The Mini - icon of the '60's, immortalised in the film 'The Italian job' ('you're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!') - has finally died. The name lives on under a new owner and it is arguably a reincarnation, but something ended when the last Mini rolled off the Longbridge production line this week. Its design was innovative and brought a new wave of 'superminis' to Europe. Even more remarkably, after the production run of 41 years, the last Mini was recognisably a descendent of the original. The basic shape was never changed and it is hard to envisage any of today's new model releases lasting that long.
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