As fans celebrate its birthday, Mini is still a big seller
Despite a number of facelifts, the Mini remains an icon as it celebrates its 60th anniversary, with more admirers than ever. Click the pic below to see a larger view of the last of the Classic range, which went out of production in 2000 when BMW sold then owner Rover, and retained the Mini name. The first Mini was designed by engineer Sir Alexander Issigonis for The British Motor Corporation in 1959, when 7,800 Minis were bought in the UK, with 11,949 sold overseas. BMW’s larger, re-engineered Mini launched in 2001, and last year’s figures put annual global vehicle sales at over 361,000, with many still built in the UK factory.