The most famous small car ever - the classic Mini - will finish production at Longbridge on Wednesday October 4 2000. Ironically introduced in the wake of the 1956 Suez fuel crisis, it will finish in the midst of another.

Known and recognised for so many achievements, the Mini has become a motoring icon, acknowledged for its pioneering concept, economy of use, sports handling, the star of many films and the winner of countless rallies and races. Indeed, few cars have done so much to influence the approach of motor car design than the revolutionary transverse engine mounted, front-wheel-drive, 10ft Mini.