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What is the best old Mini to buy?
More reviews The MkIs (built between 1959 and 1967) are the most sought after, but the MkII (made from 1967 to 1969 and offered with a 998cc engine option) is also covetable too. By the time the MkIII arrived in 1969 the Mini was less cute, with its concealed door hinges and winding windows.
How many classic MINIs are left in the UK?
There are reportedly 8,176 original Minis still doing their thing, compared with 3,262 Mini Metros. The survey paints a sad picture for certain models. There is, for instance, just one Austin Mini 850 Van and three of the Mini SPL variety left in existence.
Are old MINIs reliable?
Honestly, Mini are positively average when it comes to dependability. The Telegraph rank Mini 19th in their 20 most reliable car brands, with 140 problems per 100 vehicles. They have slid down quite a bit since last year, where they came 13th place with just 105 problems per 100 vehicles.
When was the last Rover Mini made?
After a four-decade run, the final original Mini, a red Cooper Sport, rolled off the production line at Longbridge in October 2000. Over 5 million classic Minis were sold during it’s 41-year lifespan, making it the most popular British car ever produced.
What year was the last classic Mini made?
Production of the classic Mini finally ceased once and for all in the year 2000. In the course of time more than 5.3 million units of the world’s most successful compact car had left the production plants in numerous different versions, among them some 600,000 cars built at Plant Oxford between 1959 and 1968.
What problems do Minis have?
5 Mini Cooper Problems Every Owner Should Know
- Automatic Transmission Failure. One big issue that has become apparent in first generation Mini Coopers equipped with CVT transmissions is total transmission failure.
- Power Steering Pump Malfunction.
- Clutch Failure.
- Water Pump Leak.
- Loose Timing Chain.
When was the last year a mini was made in the UK?
Thanks to author James Taylor’s book, ‘ Factory Original Mini Mk1 and Mk2′, we now have the UK production figures from 1959 to 1969, divided between Longbridge and Cowley. 1967 was the last full year that the Mini was produced at both Cowley and Longbridge.
Is the Mini Cooper a British car?
As for the second, the famous MINI, it comes in at number 9. Not including the reincarnated BMW versions that have been produced since 2001, the original MINI is as iconic a British car as it gets, being the only asset of Rover Group BMW decided to retain when they dissected the brand in 2000.
How many mini cars were sold overseas?
In the early years of Mini production these overseas sales would have been exports of actual cars but, as overseas production began, the picture becomes more confusing. What these figures reveal is what a remarkable car the original Mini was, with overseas sales topping 100,000 by 1962.
When did Mini Hatchback become so popular?
In the 1960s, the Mini was bought by many as a first car. By the 1970s there was a growing market for a second car for the wife to drive whilst her husband drove a company car. The new generation of European superminis increasingly appealed to this market and their use of a hatchback made them more flexible for such mundane tasks as shopping.