|BC333D||British Design Classics - Mini Single Stamp and Label Cover, with a Gaydon postmark||£10.00||Limited Availability|
|BC333E||British Design Classics - Mini Single Stamp and Label Cover, Longbridge Mini front facing postmark||£10.00||Limited Availability|
|BC333F||British Design Classics - Mini Single Stamp and Label Cover, with a Longbridge Mini side on posmark||£10.00||Limited Availability|
|BC333LS2||British Design Classics - Mini Single Stamp and Label Cover, signed by Paddy Hopkirk MBE||£40.00||Buy Now|
|BC333SET2||British Design Classics - Mini Single Stamp and Label Set of 3 Covers||£45.00||Limited Availability|
Issue Date: 13/01/2009
Issue Name: British Design Classics - Mini Single Stamp and Label Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Over 50 years on, the Mini is a true design classic. The iconic little car is loved by millions. Every small car on the road has been influenced by it and more than 5 million were built at Longbridge and Cowley. Mini has become a legend over the last half century and is just as popular as ever. Here's to the next 50 years!
Our cover features a single stamp and label from our Mini stamp sheet along with a single Mini stamp and label from Royal Mail's smilers sheet, and has a single Mini label and postmark. It is available as single cover, a set of 3 covers, or signed by Paddy Hopkirk MBE.
50th Anniversary of the Mini
The Mini was producd in response to an oil crisis, an occurence which is all too familar today! It was to be a proper car in miniature not a glorified motorcycle as so many small cars were. The brief was simple. Seat four, use an existing engine, be economical to run but fun to drive. Realising that brief? More challenging. But Alex Issigonis, who also designed the Morris Minor was unduanted.
Devoting 80% of the car's 10 foot length to passengers left him just 18 inches for the engine and gearbox. Issigonis solved the problem by turning the engine sideways and mounting the gearbox underneath. Most of the car's weight went over the front wheels, making Mini very agile. Achieving all this was no small feat for engineering.
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Patrick Barron "Paddy" Hopkirk MBE is a former rally driver from Northern Ireland. He was born in Belfast and educated at Clongowes Wood College in County Kildare from 1945–1949 before attending Trinity College, Dublin until 1953.