Mini celebrates birthday with 60 Years Edition

Only 500 of the anniversary vehicles 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.

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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