BMW’s newly created five-door original Mini is on display at the Munich Mini exhibition alongside the new five-door Mini.
The ‘Mini Story’ exhibition is being held at the BMW museum in Munich until 31 January 2016.
‘621AOK’ was first Mini off the line. Other Mini restored by Dutch Nedcar factory.
Alex Issigonis’s engineering sketches, such as this one of a steering wheel, are on display and bulkhead
Cutaway of the original Mini shows the extraordinarily compact engineering package
Issigonis had a vision to expand the Mini concept up to a luxury car powered by a six-cylinder engine
A period shot of model Twiggy and the Mini created by Paul Smith emphasises the Mini’s association with the ‘swinging 60s’
Rear-end displays show size difference between original and Mk3 BMW Mini
Display of the essential design elements of original Mini’s front and rear
Mk3 Mini still uses the same basic design cues as the original
The original Mini wore numerous badges over its 41-year production run
Three generations of Mini engines: original A-series, Chrysler-sourced Tritec and new BMW-designed three-pot unit
Riley Elf saloon was an upmarket version of the Mini with a small boot
Much-loved Mini Countryman was based on the same longer wheelbase chassis as the Mini Van
Mini Moke was originally proposed as a military design and was made until 1993 in Portugal
A chrome-plated Mini design by rock icon David Bowie for the 40th anniversary of the car in 1999
Mini camper and ice cream van conversions
Mini cabriolet came of Rover’s resurgence in the early 1990s. It’s thought that fewer than 400 were built
BMW triggered Mini's reinvention. The AVC30 concept emphasised Mini’s sporting heritage; the Spiritual focused on interior space
The rear-engined Spiritual concept came from Rover Group designers. It was also produced as a five-door version
BMW exhibition also displays an edition of The Sun newspaper covering the sell-off of the Rover Group in March 2000
The first BMW-sired Mini (left) was launched in 2001. The 2012 Clubvan was based on the 2008 Clubman
2005 Mini Traveller concept was predecessor of Clubman, although it lacked the production car’s single side door
he 2010 Beechcomber concept was the first clue to the five-door Countryman which massively boosted Mini sales
Mini’s competition history runs from Rauno Aaltonen’s 1967 Monte Carlo Rally-winning car to Mini ALL4 2014 Dakar winner
Production version of the Countryman and the controversial Paceman two-door coupé based on the same platform
One of chief designer Gert Hildebrand’s last projects was the 3.4m-long Rocketman, just a few centimetres longer than original
he 2014 Mini Clubman concept is close the final production five-door model due in 2015
BMW has opened an exhibition at its Munich-based museum celebrating 55 years of ‘The Mini Story’. Running until 31 January 2016, it features "30 original vehicles, exhibits and accessories" from the brand’s history.
As well a number of historic and unusual classic Minis, BMW is exhibiting a range of Mini concepts, including the two concepts that preceded the launch of the all-new BMW Mini in 2001.
The AVC 30 concept, which was based on the MGF, was an interpretation of Mini’s racing heritage and was designed by BMW’s now design boss Adrian van Hooydonk. The two-door Spiritual concept was generated by Rover Group designers, led by David Saddington.
Both concepts were used by BMW and its Rover Group subsidiary to help define the direction for a reinvented Mini. The AVC30 was inspired by the Mini’s reputation for driving dynamics and its competition history. The Spirtual (which was also produced in five-door form) was rear-engined and inspired by the original Mini’s landmark use of internal space.
As part of the exhibition, BMW has also built a replica of an experimental four-door Mini that was constructed by Austin-Morris in the early 1960s. Based on period photos, the new car is based on a later-model Mini Classic.
BMW design sources say the original four-door was built on the same stretched wheelbase as the Mini Van, which was launched in 1960. One version used standard Mini front doors, which were flipped and rear-hinged, while nother version used a bespoke door design. Neither prototype survived when the company decided not to pursue the idea.
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