MINI Oxford Plant's 100th Anniversary Gets a Continental Tour

MINI Continental Convoy 1 photo
Photo: MINI
The Oxford MINI plant turned 100 years old this March, 100 years of excellence and dedication to making some of the best quality cars in the world. Many cars saw the light of day due to this plant and even more cars were assembled in countries outside Europe through CKD kits.
MINI decided that this occasion should not go unnoticed and decided to create 5 special MINIs that will undergo a continental tour of the MINI production locations around Europe. During the time when the classic Mini was built there were 8 production sites around the old continent, making the world's most popular hatch.

The first classic Mini was built on 8 May 1959 and rolled off the Oxford assembly line, of course. Following that first one were another 602,815 in 9 years of production. The Mini convoy will visit production sites in Novo Mesto (Slovenia), the Italian city of Milan, the former production plant in Malta, the Portuguese town of Vendas Novas, Pamplona in Spain, Seneffe in Belgium, Amersfoort in Holland and the Irish capital Dublin covering over 10,500 km (6,500 miles). Even though out of the 8 sites, only 3 are still in use, the other 5 will not be forgotten and will forever be a part of the Mini culture.

For those of you that want to keep track of the MINI Tour, the British company even created a complete website that allows you to follow the progress of the convoy around Europe. Also, you can follow and see details of the road trip on MINI's Facebook page.
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