|BC333||Briish Design Classics - The Mini 50th Anniversary, unisgned||£20.00||Buy Now|
|BC333S||British Design Classics - The Mini 50th Anniversary, signed by Paddy Hopkirk MBE||£50.00||Buy Now|
|BC333S2||British Design Classics - The Mini 50th Anniversary, signed by Sir Michel Caine CBE||£150.00||Limited Availability|
Issue Date: 13/01/2009
Issue Name: British Design Classics - The Mini 50th Anniversary
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!
We were delighted to work with the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon, the home of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, when producing this cover. Three Monte Carlo Mini's and the first Cowley-produced production Morris Mini can be seen at the Heritage Motor Centre. These cars and others from the collection helped mark the 50th anniversary in a special exhibition. Our cover features the set of 10 stamps from Royal Mail's Design Classics, along with our Gaydon, Warwickshire postmark, and is available signed by Paddy Hopkirk. MBE, or Sir Michael Caine CBE.
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.
Sir Michael Caine CBE is an English actor, producer, and author. Known for his distinctive cockney accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films, and is regarded as a British film icon.