1972 Mini – The Great Equalizer

Revolutions claimed many lives but in the end they just reshaped social classes and there are different rides for different classes. While the rich passes by in an Italian exotic, there are volkswagen for the masses.

An oddity there is though…

Though it was originally designed for the lower ones, Mini managed to mingle with different classes. The members of Beatles, Mick Jagger and even the most famous supplier of Italian Exotics, Mr. Enzo Ferrari had one or two of these little things. Thanks to its great design, go cart like handling and endless ways of customization, it stayed in production from 1959 till 2000 with more than 5 million copies produced.

It is not an urban legend that the initial Mini design was sketched on a napkin but it was still good enough to wipe the floor with the competition, winning the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, 1965 and 1967. In 1966, the first-placed Mini, along with nine other cars was disqualified after the finish, under a controversial decision that the car’s headlights were against the rules.

In a world of cars with zillion way adjustable seats and fake engine sounds, the beautiful simplicity of the original Mini design stands out even more. When the fashion designer Mary Quant named the mini-skirt after the car, she summed it up perfectly; “neither was any longer than absolutely necessary”…

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