Another history lesson! Mini - the car which revolutionised car industry forever. This car icon was made from 1959 to 2000 with little changes from original! Its space-saving transverse engine front wheel drive layout - allowing 80% of the area os the car's floorpan to be used for passengers and luggage - infulences a generation of car makers. The performance versions, the Mini Cooper and Cooper "S", were successful as both race and rally cars, winnig the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, 1965 and 1967. The Mini came about because of the fuel shortage, the petrol was rationed and the sales of large cars slumped. To save space the rubber cones was used insted of convetional suspension springs which gave the Mini go-kart like handling.