• Jun 15, 2009
Click above to watch the video after the jump

While it's certainly fair to pick nits and say that Mini's revival under BMW has resulted in a markedly different product than Sir Alec Issigonis' original machine, it's also fair to say that the world has once again embraced the friendly-faced little guy with open arms like few other automobiles before or since. As it was in the beginning, the Mini is a bona-fide cultural phenomenon, effortlessly transcending social and economic classifications to become the darling of auto enthusiasts and trend setters everywhere. Critically, as before, it's a also great steer – a nimble, tossable car capable of running rings around bigger, more powerful machinery on-track and off.

Consider it fitting, then, that Issigonis' big little achievement celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new, nicely done short film called Rebel Without Pause. The video features both contemporary and classic Minis in both modern and archival footage, and conveniently, it's available after the jump.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      When I click on the vid, I get sent to some carpix site...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Happy Birthday, Mini !
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now they should make a kei-class mini,that would be cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mini's rock! I've owned my 1961 Mini for 8 years now. In between, I've bought and sold a number of fun and fast cars that were quite enjoyable to own and drive. But nothing quite matches it's point and shoot nature or it's visceral 'you and the car as one', driving experience. I'll never sell that thing!

      http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e208/TheSecretChimp/moala04.jpg
      • 5 Years Ago
      I drive my 69 Austin Mini everyday and it is the only car I have every owned that I never get board of.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have a 1962 Morris Cooper 997, with the original engine, that I am restoring. Fortunately, it was in good condition when I bought it, so it doesn't need much. Put in a new interior last summer.

        I love this thing--sublime handling, ingenious packaging and design. Scoots along on the highway quite nicely. Certainly the Car of the 29th Century--most of the cars produced today are based on the FWD, transverse engine layout.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I daily drive my Z-Cars kit K20A converted mini, it's not always the easiest, but I wouldn't trade it for anything else.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have 2 classic minis- One for the track with a 1.8 Acura Integra motor in it, and one for the street with a supercharged A series 1275. They always put a smile on my face. And nothing draws more attention in the US than a classic mini. I once had mine at a track event, and the Make a Wish Foundation had a couple dozen kids there to ride in the cars around the track after lunch. There were Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Porsches. Guess who had the longest line of kids waiting for a ride? Me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let's face, original Mini was a gem. But the ONLY reason it became an icon is that British automotive industry was not able to produce a better car since then.

      Mini is a reluctant icon and it's great irony that German BMW had to revive the brand. Only to produce a car that is on par with a diesel Skoda Fabia. Mini Cooper is slower on track than an old diesel Fabia vRS.

      http://videos.streetfire.net/video/Top-Gear-clip-Skoda-Fabia_84232.htm
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNMVzyl-cC4

      To sum up - Old Mini is nostalgia on wheels, poor by any modern standard. New Mini is a fashion statement, an over-priced average car built on a heritage that ceased to be relevant 40 years ago.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ J Smith, don't get me wrong, I love original Minis, but I think you forgot about the VW Beetle when you came to your conclusion.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What a load of tripe.

        "poor by any modern standard"

        Guess what, so is a Ford Model T.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ANY 50 year-old car is poor by modern standards. The Mini, however, ushered in a revolution in car design and was a good decade ahead of everything else. And it was phenomenal in its day--three Monte Carlo wins, in addition to shelves of other racing trophies. It oozed charisma--all four Beatles owned one, royalty (Princess Margaret & Lord Snowden)--in a way that no other economy car before or since has.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's sooooooo cute!
      • 5 Years Ago
      MY BAAAAABY!
      • 5 Years Ago
      John Cooper deserves a lot of credit for the Mini's popularity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No retrospective of the Mini's 50 years is complete without the Rocket Mini from the Top Gear Winter Olympics, which I just watched for at least the 6th time on BBC America.
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