The Mini Cooper is a small car produced by the British Motor Corporation and its successors from 1959 until 2000. The original is considered to be the classic Mini, which was produced from 1959 until 1967, with a total production of 5.3 million cars. The performance-focused Cooper variant was introduced in 1961 and became the brand’s main sales pitch as the original version became outmoded by other small, more practical city cars. The Mini Cooper was eventually replaced by the Rover 100 in October 1980, while the nameplate was revived in 2000 with a new model which remains in production today.
The original Mini Cooper is commonly referred to as the Classic Mini or simply “the Mini”. It was marketed under various names around the world including Morris Mini-Minor and Austin Seven.
In 1960, BMC changed its name to British Motor Holdings (BMH). BMH merged with Leyland Motors in 1968 to form British Leyland (BL).
In 1970 BL introduced a new range of larger models under its own name, abandoning the BMC and Morris names completely. This meant that all Minis from this point onwards had John Cooper Works badges on their grilles.
Last modified: August 17, 2022