We Owe A Debt Of Gratitude To British Car Makers

Posted by on April 3, 2012 | No Comments

The Austin Mini was a legend that spawned a whole revolution in auto industry itself. The vehicle portrays the prototype and model upon which most American and Canadian built cars are built upon. That is a front wheel drive, transversely mounted engine highly fuel efficient vehicle which although small in size seat 4 adult passengers.

Thus at first glance at this car will be given and have the impression that it is a very car. Yet with the then revolutionary front wheel drive , sideways mounted engine the interior compartment has no large middle “hump” in the floor to take passenger and cargo space away. On top of that the Austin Mini and its Morris Minor re-badged product offered an innovation which was not introduced into American cars until Ford , on its deathbed introduced women into its “focus groups”. The Taurus which saved Ford at the time from extinction had side pockets in the door for storage. Believe it or not many drivers and passengers of original Minis used those side pockets in the doors for carting home groceries and the like from the supermarket and shopping. Interestingly even when GM attempted to copy the success of the Ford Taurus and its Mercury Sable product they – with a limited mindset – missed the boat with this simple feature which auto buyers and owners clamored for a lot more than styling and more chrome. The Lumina was essentially a lackluster me2 copycat product with side pockets in the doors wide and big enough only for a few folded maps.Winnipeg Manitoba Mustang Boss 302

Over time the original Austin Mini had several name, branding and even factory changes. Originally it proudly bore the names Austin and Morris when it made its debut in the market during 1959. However several name alterations were conducted over years, model and ownership and factory amalgamation changes. During 1969, Austin and Morris name was altered and became the Mini alone – as opposed to the two word terms “Austin Mini” and “Morris Mini”. And in 1980, there was once again an alteration and turned out to be Austin. An extended selection of model was developed and created a station wagon or what might be called a van version. Yet during this time period all of these models were named Austin mini. In the long run, the name Austin was dropped and in full favor of the brand name Mini alone it was during the year 2000 that the last mini was built as a fully British product.

This Austin mini still hits the road these days. There was even a point in time when this car was one of the best race vehicles to line in the race track as the “mini Cooper It is not only a display in the race track though because it has bagged a lot of titles for several high profile competitions. This only goes to show how efficient the built of Austin mini is. That is exactly the reason why many of this type are still seen driving on the road even today. You can see them in most national roads worldwide but most especially in Great Britain. Car collectors are very eager to have Austin mini as part of their collection. They can go as far as paying the high price of shipping just to line this up together with their other car collection even in spite of workups to convert the vehicle from right hand to left hand drive. What amazes auto collectors and non collectors alike is the worldwide admiration of these vehicles. Mini clubs and clubs seem to exist throughout the globe. Yet to drive a Mini is to comprehend why.

Austin mini is definitely a beauty, not only because of its facade but also its function. This is very sensible and dependable to make use of. I would definitely agree that there is no car that can compete with this car’s qualifications and achievements.

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