Launched in 1959, the Mini helped to change automotive design, with its unique combination of aesthetics, space efficiency, engineering approach, and handling. Alec Issigoniss masterpiece was an instant hit - not just with the buying public, but with celebrities and racers alike, from Sir Stirling Moss to The Fab Four. The Mini became a much-loved staple of the British car industry - a position that it has arguably enjoyed for 60 years and continues today. In this latest addition to the Scrapbook series from Porter Press International, the story of this unique little car is broken up into accessible nuggets and aided by a collection of archive and contemporary photography, to illustrate just what makes the Mini so special in this, its 60th year. Author Martin Port set the scene with a look at why this charismatic little car is so loved around the world. He reveals how the concept became a reality and covers each main incarnation of the classic Mini, from 1959 to 2000. From celebrity owners to appearances on the silver screen, competition wins and all sorts of weird and wonderful Mini variants - this is the ultimate visual guide to an icon of British design.
Martin Port has worked in automotive publishing for 18 years - the last 16 of these for leading classic car title, Classic & Sports Car. Over the last 27 years, he has owned a variety of classics, from a Mini Metro to a Morris Minor, a Porsche 912 to a Series II Land-Rover, and, of course, the legendary Mini. The first of these was a 1968 Morris Mini MkII Super DeLuxe, driven from Cheshire to Berkshire with a hole in one of the valves. The second was a 1980-model rescued from a hedge in Richmond the day that it was due to be scrapped. Thanks to the Minis unique driving experience, which always puts a smile on his face, it will always have a corner of his motoring heart.