The original Mini is still considered an icon of 1960s British popular culture. It was produced from 1959 until 2000 at the Longbridge and Cowley plants in England. Its transverse engine front wheel drive layout - allowing 80 percent of the area of the car's floorpan to be used for passengers and luggage - influenced a generation of car makers. Designed by Sir Alec Issigonis, the original Mini was a result of the 1956 Suez Crisis, which reduced oil supplies, and forced the UK government saw to introduce petrol rationing, BMC realized that they had to produce a small vehicle fast.
On its introduction in 1959 the Mini was marketed under the Austin and Morris names, as the Austin Seven and Morris Mini-Minor. The Austin Seven was renamed Austin Mini in 1962 and Mini became a marque in its own right in 1969. In 1980 it once again became the Austin Mini and in 1988, just "Mini". Through the 1980s and the 1990s there were released several "special editions" like the ‘London Collection’ named after affluent parts of London, that shifted the car from a mass-market item into a fashionable icon. It transcended traditional class barriers. From hipsters to milkmen, rock stars and royalty to rally racers everyone could have fun and freedom, motoring in a Mini. The Mayfair was launched in 1982 as a more luxurious version of the base Mini City and remained in production until 1996. Equipment options included 12 inch wheels, opening rear side windows, radio, head restraints, locking fuel cap and front disc brakes. In 1999 the Mini was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century behind the Ford Model T. By the time the Longbridge Plant finally closed in 2000, more than 5 million Minis had been built.
Our Mini Mayfair in Nostalgia Classic Cars showroom was built in 1988 and has 23,761 kms on the clock. It comes in a beautiful light blue color with white stripes, brand new upholstery and equipped with aftermarket AC. It has 12 inch alloy wheels and disc brakes in the front, the original 998 cc engine is well maintained and works perfectly with a four speed manual gearbox.