One of the early Minis. This is an estate version which was making a trip through the Cotswolds. They were affectionately known as the mock Tudor version because of its wood surround.
In the year that the Mini celebrated its 60th anniversary the 10 millionth model rolled off the production line at the factory at Oxford.
A MINI 60 Years Anniversary Edition – was built on July 24th 2019 at the MINI Plant at Oxford.
Registration 621 AOK was the first Mini to be built in 1959. Designed by Alec Issigonis, the classic Mini revolutionised the automotive world and was produced at Oxford until 1968, before moving to Longbridge, near Birmingham, where it continued to be built until October 2000.
Between 1959 and 2000 more than 5.3 Minis were built.
Thankfully the brand was reborn in 2001 and that was due to foresight of BMW who had taken over the marque.
Sales around the world have gone from strength to strength. Last year400,000 MINIs were sold in 110 countries around the world.
Three UK plants have played their part. Hams Hall near Birmingham makes engines, Swindon produces body pressings and this all comes together at the Oxford manufacturing.
Daily output at Oxford has grown from around 300 cars a day in 2001 to around 1,000 today. The 4,500 workforce at Oxford produces one new MINI every 67 seconds.
Just as Alec Issigonis’ first car did in 1959, MINI has continued to push the boundaries, whilst keeping creative use of space, driving fun, style and individualisation at its core.
Models built at Oxford today include the three and five door MINI Hatch and MINI Clubman. Around 80 per cent of MINIs built in Oxford are exported. The Convertible and Countryman models are built in The Netherlands.
With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles.
In 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles and more than 165,000 motorcycles worldwide. The BMW Group has a workforce of 130,000 employees.