After rolling off the Longbridge production line in October, the last ever Classic Mini arrived at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire, today (6/12/00) to take its place in history, alongside Mini Number One.

Donated to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust by MG Rover, the car will form an important part of the permanent display, which already includes the most significant Minis in the world, from Mini Number One, the first production Mini, to the famous Monte Carlo Rally winning Mini Coopers of the 60’s plus a variety of one off Mini prototypes and hybrids.

Curator Stephen Laing said, "The arrival of the last Mini here at the Centre is a great complement to the first Mini produced 41 years ago and we thank MG Rover for donating it to the collection, and for recognizing that the Heritage Motor Centre is the place that befits the significance of the car and its place in history."

Nick Stephenson, Deputy Chairman of MG Rover and a member of the Board of BMIHT, handed over the keys to the last Mini to Bob Dover, Chairman of the Board of BMIHT and CEO of Land Rover. Fittingly, Mini Number One was also in attendance to bear witness to its descendant’s arrival.