Even though it ceased production, 17 years ago the Mini Rover endures

Last updated 12:54 06/10/2017

The Mini Rover was a car classic - and even though production stopped in 2000, it remained a favourite.

When the late Sir Alec Issigonis unveiled the Mini 30 years ago it created a sensation. It revolutionised the design of all small cars so that today the transverse front engine, front wheel drive layout is used by all small car manufacturers.
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Maximum Style For New Mini - Limited Edition Mini Designer created by Mary Quant for Austin Rover. Armed at the fashionable girl-about-town is the latest Limited Edition mini from Austin Rover which has been designed by fashion supreme Mary Quant, responsible for creating the mini-skirt (named after the mini-car) in the Swinging Sixites. Called the Mini Designer, the car has several eye-catching features including the Quant daisy motif on the bonnet, distinctive black and white stripped seat fabric and a three-spoke leather covered steering wheel with the daisy motif in the centre. June 15, 1988. (Photo by Universal Pictorial Press).
Maximum Style For New Mini - Mary Quant sitting in the new Limited Edition Mini Designer by Austin Rover. "Aimed at the fashionable girl-about-town is the latest Limited Edition mini from Austin Rover which has been designed by fashion supremo Mary Quant"
The BMW Mini was a longer beast than its predecessor.
The BMW Mini was not a favourite with lovers of the classic Mini Rover model

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In October 2000, the last of the iconic Mini Rovers rolled off the production lines in Birmingham, England.

After over four decades of production in the plant, BMW took over the manufacture of the perennial road favourite introducing a model which was longer and less boxy than its predecessor.

But for many, the original was still the best.

Contributors to a Stuff Nation assignment commented on how the original was still the best and packed with personality, showing that regardless of what followed, the Mini Rover would endure in the roading collective consciousness.

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