The original Mini (1959-2000), in reality Morris Mini Minor and the Austin Seven, is a revolutionary small car and full of character designed for the British Motor Corporation (BMC). It has long been sold under several brands.
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Mini Cooper (2002-present) Brought back to life by BMW, the Mini Cooper quickly proved to Americans that small cars weren't all econo-box dork-mobiles. Cheekily retro, it's cute, cool, and more importantly, as fun to drive as it looks like it would be.