Video: Happy Birthday, Mini

Video: Happy Birthday, Mini

Stay Classy, MINI

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the very first Austin Mini, and while BMW is rolling out a few funky aberrations of the light-weight bruiser to celebrate, we thought we’d take a look back. After the jump you’ll find a video of Mini designer Alec Issigonis. See, Issigonis was nearly entirely responsible for the design of the Mini, and he never intended the thing to be such a wild motorsports success. Instead, he penned the car to be as safe and surefooted as possible. All that sporting tendency just happened to be a byproduct. Watching Issigonis talk about his design between shots of the Mini doing what it does best, we have to wonder what the creator would think about the modern iteration of his creation. Something tells me he’d be pretty happy to see the name still raking in money after half a century. Hop the jump for a look. [Source: YouTube]

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