Sir Alec Issigonis’ 1959 Mini rewrote the book on small cars. Barely 10 feet long, with a 34-hp, 848-cc, transverse four-cylinder engine, 10-inch wheels and front-wheel drive, it could carry four adults at 75 mph and nearly 40 mpg. The car was a huge hit, and by the time production ended in 2000, 5,387,862 had been sold. The last cars were recognizably related to the first ones, despite variations like the Mini-Cooper sports cars, Mini Moke Jeep, Clubman with its square nose, woody wagons, panel vans and pickups.
Minis were sold in the U.S. from 1960-1967 but never in very large numbers – perhaps 50,000 in all. Minis were sold in Canada until 2000 and a number have found their way south.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
55 hp, 998 cc OHV four-cylinder engine, one SU carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, independent suspension by wishbones and rubber springs, rear rubber springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 80"
Source: RM Auctions