With the first ever car rolling off the production line in 1959, under a company which no longer exists, the Mini can be viewed as one of the true survivors in the automotive industry. "What a birthday! It's Mini!" A somewhat odd tag line which came about this year to celebrate half a decade of Mini. So, one of the biggest automotive icons of the British has finally turned fifty. A nice, round number, for that matter.
Of course, many things have changed with the Mini over the years. First of all, it's been manufactured under the auspices of quite a hefty number of brands, finally settling under the BMW umbrella in 1994. Second of all, the space-saving layout of the original car wasn't exactly preserved to modern times and the car slowly transformed from a cheap means of transportation for the masses in a cultural icon on wheels.
Not to say that this is a bad thing, since Mini now stands for a thoroughbred driving enthusiast's automobile. Driving enthusiasts, young females and gay male hair dressers, as a matter of fact. And yes, that is quite a motley bunch of Mini customers, we agree.
Since 2009 is a year of celebration for Mini as a brand/model, we though we'd also do something about it. We only succeeded in attending the Mini birthday party held at the Frankfurt Auto Show though, and on top of that we didn't even bring any present. To make matters worse, we also trashed in a very unholy way one of their products. We're exaggerating about the "trashing" part by the way, but to tell you guys the truth, this was one of the most fun cars we ever took for a test drive.
A mustard-yellow Mini Cooper S Cabrio with black racing stripes and black rims, need we say more? Why yes we do, but you'll find out more about our opinion about the little bugger in each of the test drive chapters bellow.Continue reading