Mini celebrates birthday with 60 Years Edition

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Only 500 units of the 60 Years Edition of the Mini will be produced

Britain’s iconic Mini has kicked off its 60th anniversary celebration by unveiling the limited-production Mini 60 Years Edition version. Only 500 such units will be produced, the company said, all in British Racing Green color with black roof, exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels and unique interior accruements.

“On 26 August 1959, British Motor Corporation proudly revealed a car that captured the imagination of the world and revolutionized the compact car segment,” the company, like Rolls-Royce, now part of BMW Group, said in its announcement. “Six decades later, in 2019 Mini marks the brand’s 60th birthday and the extraordinary story of a British innovation that went on to achieve iconic status. To kick-start this anniversary year, Mini is introducing a limited run of 500 very special vehicles for UK customers.

“Built in the UK at Mini Plant Oxford, the Mini 60 Years Edition is the first of many celebrations planned for 2019 that will champion the brand’s rich heritage in Britain and its continuous dedication to innovation. 

The original Mini rolled onto the road in 1959
The first-year interior

“Much like Alex Issigonis’ first car in 1959, Mini has continued to push the boundaries whilst keeping creative use of space, driving fun, style and individualization at its core.”

The 60 Years Edition will be offered only with an automatic transmission, piano black exterior trim, special stripes and badging and with special front-mounted “spot” lamps. Inside, seats will be finished with Mini Yours Leather Lounge styling in dark cacao with contrast stitching and piping that match the BRG exterior color.

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The cars also will come with navigation technology and a large 8.8-inch touch screen. Front and rear parking assist also are included.

The cars will be available in the UK market starting in March and priced at £29,990 ($38,627).

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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