Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mini Cars or Vintage Cars?

Back in 1959, the Mini car was the premiere automobile of British auto manufacturing.  Similar to the German Volkwagon Beetle, this mini mobile saved space by having a small front for the driver and more than half the car space available for backseat passengers. 

While it’s great to have a giant SUV or a jeep these days, there’s something to be said for a Mini, which at the time of its inception was an advanced two-door vehicle because it was both a concept and a showpiece.  Now the Mini is back in a modern way. The 2011 Geneva Motor Show released the Rocketman, a replica of the studly small car of the 60s. 
This Mini is light, has three doors, and is only 11 feet long. 

It’s expected to hit automobile showrooms in 2014.  There’s the Mini Cooper, a 2013 model with front-wheel drive developed along with the BMW manufacturer. Finally, the Mini Coupe and the Mini Roadster are coming out in 2012, followed by the Countryman Coupe in 2013.  The Countryman Coupe has all the makings of a Range Rover in a miniature form.  

England has come a long way since the first Minis back in the 50s and 60s.  The Minis were advanced statement-making pieces of their time and the beauties of today will continue that trend throughout the rest of the decade.  These Minis will put new meaning into the term vintage car.