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List of UK 2009 Scrappage Scheme Cars

UK Scrappage Mini

Similar to the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS), also known as “cash for clunkers” program in the US, the UK in 2009 offered a Car Scrappage Scheme for owners of old cars to trade them in for a new car and receive a £2000 rebate. Over 400,000 Brits took them up on the offer including hundreds of classic Mini owners.

The UK government just released the List of scrapped vehicles in 2009 (Download CSV). According to the list, 702 classic Minis were turned in, including several special editions such as the Mini 25, Mini 35, Mini British Open, and even 45 1990s-era Rover Mini Coopers.  There are even 3 MINI Coopers and 2 MINI Clubman on the list.

Below are the majority of the Minis on the list:

UK Scrappage List Austin Mini 1UK Scrappage List Austin Minis 2 

 

 

UK Scrappage List MiniUK Scrappage List Morris MinisUK Scrappage List Rover Minis

UK Scrappage Minis

See more photos at mk1-forum.net.


collectibles: LEGO Classic Mini Cooper

LEGO Mini Cooper

LEGO just announced it will release a LEGO Creator set featuring the Classic Mini Cooper in British Racing Green with a White roof and bonnet stripes.  The 1,077-piece set will sell for $99.

Take the iconic MINI Cooper for a drive! This beautifully crafted LEGO® brick replica of the classic MINI Cooper Mk VII is full of authentic details, from the classic green and white color scheme with white wing mirrors and racing stripes, to the opening doors, hood and trunk, sporty fog lights, detailed engine and separate spare tire compartment. You can even remove the roof to access a tan colored interior with patterned seats, veneer-style dashboard, turning steering wheel, and moving gearshift and handbrake. And of course, no MINI Cooper would be complete without a picnic basket and blanket, the perfect accessories for a fun day in the countryside!

 

  • Features opening doors, hood and trunk, spare wheel in separate compartment, detailed engine and 2 fog lights
  • Accessories include a picnic basket, bottle and blanket for nostalgic picnic theme
  • Authentic replica of the MINI Cooper Mk VII
  • Classic green and white color theme with white wing mirrors and racing stripes
  • Lift the hood to reveal the detailed engine
  • Remove the roof and access the detailed interior
  • Go on a countryside picnic with this iconic classic!
  • MINI Cooper measures over 4” (11cm) high, 9” (25cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide

After August 1, 2014, buy it from the official LEGO Shop.


“The Incredible Seven” promotional film by BMC

"The Incredible Seven" Part 3 still-frame

British Pathé, “one of the oldest media companies in the world” and a producer of newsreels until 1970, just released its entire collection of 85,000 historic films, in high resolution, to YouTube.  One of the newsreels (broken into three video parts) is a 1961 promotional video by the British Motor Corporation during the early years of the classic Mini, then called the Austin Seven (sometimes spelled Se7en).

This is a fantastic look at the early development of the classic Mini with shots of Alec Issigonis, early prototypes built and road-tested, production and assembly, press launch, and press review headlines.

The total length is 28:43.

Visit the pages on YouTube if you’d like to read the transcripts of the videos.

 

“The Incredible Seven” Part 1:

“The Incredible Seven” Part 2:

“The Incredible Seven” Part 3:

 


Millionaire Club: 2 million MINI and the other 5 million before

2 Million MINI side scuttleThe two-millionth MINI was produced in September of last year.  Shortly before the new year the exclusive MINI Cooper Convertible, through a contest around its production anniversary, went to its owner: Cees Plug from the Netherlands.  This was proudly announced to the MINI Space community.  But more than five million Classic Minis were left out of the count.  bigblogg therefore went on a search for the other MINIs and Minis from the Millionaire Club.  A short trip through time.

Time warp!  On August 26, 1959 the British Motor Corporation (BMC) officially began production of the Mini in Longbridge.  The demand for the odd-looking small car initially was moderate, and so it’s hardly surprising that the Austin Seven and its structurally-identical brother the Morris Mini-Minor took until the end of 1962 to cross the 500,000 threshold.

Disciplined Joy at Mini No. 500,000 in 1962

500,000th Mini

But then it suddenly went in rapid succession in the factory near Birmingham.  All social barriers were broken.  The Mini was suddenly socially acceptable and soon about 200,000 units of the 3.05 meter dwarf  rolled annually off the assembly line.  The result: At the beginning of 1965 the one-millionth Mini rolled off the line.

No. 1,000,000: Personally Driven off the Line by Alec Issigonis in 1965

1,000,000th Mini

And the success continued both as the sporty, as well as the lifestyle mode of transport in the high-society, and even just as an affordable mass transportation vehicle.  In the meantime, the extensive product range (hatchback, wagon, van, pick-up, and sedan) and the expansion of production at Oxford and Seneffe (Belgium) were able to satisfy the growing demand and the number 2,000,000 was celebrated in 1969.  The world was Mini.

1969: 3 Men on the Moon and 2 Million Minis on Earth

2,000,000th Mini

In the early ’70s Mini mania reached its peak: a total of more than 300,000 cars per year rolled off of the various production lines.  No wonder, then, that in October 1972 the next million was reached.  The third million, that is.  Such a figure that, at the current production volume, the New MINI won’t achieve before 2015.

For 3 million Mini,  One Can Put on a Small Cap in 1972

3,000,000th Mini

But the flower-power decade also brought the turning point in the demand for the British heritage goods.  Within a few years the production volume dropped off by 50 percent.  Though the four-millionth Mini could be celebrated in 1976, it took around ten years for Mini no. 5,000,000.

A Clubman is No. 4,000,000, the Club Girl Was Not Included in 1976

4,000,000th Mini

But the Mini remained resilient.  Despite steadily declining sales figures, the iconic little car lasted until 2000.  Only after 5,387,862 Minis was production finally concluded.

1986: The Last Million Celebration at Longbridge.  It’s the Fifth in Nearly 30 Years.

5,000,000th Mini

Its successor, the MINI was already waiting in the wings in the newly renovated Plant Oxford.  Production began in April 2001 and sales in July.  Interesting note: the start then was—as with its ancestor—initially a little sluggish.

The Modern Age: In 2004 the 500,000th MINI Rolled off the Line in Oxford

500,000th MINI

Thus it’s hardly surprising that the first half-million of the new MINI was achieved only after more than three years, with the full one million passed in almost another three years.  On April 4, 2007 this anniversary was celebrated with a special one-a-kind.

Generation Reunion in the Millionaire Club: The Two 1,000,000th Cars in 2007

1,000,000th MINI

They put forth less effort for No. 1,500,000 in 2009.  A large sticker and a handshake from BMW Board Member Ian Robertson must suffice for the handover to the customer.

2009 Once Again a Clubman.  It is No. 1,500,000

1,500,000th MINI

2011, ten years after the launch of MINI production in Oxford, the procedure again looks quite different.  No less than the British Prime Minister David Cameron was allowed to roll the two-millionth MINI out of the plant.

A Break with Tradition: 2011 Is The First Time for a Convertible Milestone Model

2,000,000th MINI

This act is proof of the repetition of a success story.  With around 216,000 units in 2010, MINI is actually the third largest vehicle manufacturer in the United Kingdom.  To accomplish this, today in Oxford about 3,700 employees work five days a week in two shifts to produce up to 900 MINIs a day.  The maximum capacity of the plant rose steadily from about 100,000 to 200,000 units per year.  MINI plans medium-term for a yearly capacity of 260,000 units in the plants in Oxford and Graz (Austria) provided that customers remain loyal to the brand, which itself is an expanding product range.

Until the next milestone, all MINI / Mini from the Millionaire Club are in the bigblogg gallery.

[Originally appeared on bigblogg.com.  Written by Axel Griesinger.  Translated by James Day.]


classic Mini archive by MK1 Performance Conversions

MK1 Performance Conversions website

If you visit the Library of Motoring for the MINI archive of ads, books, brochures, and manuals and are a fan of the classic Mini, check out the website of MK1 Performance Conversions.  This UK website has an extensive archive of classic Mini advertisements, brochures, documents, press releases, and manuals.

http://mk1-performance-conversions.co.uk


Auto Express: MINI Countryman vs Morris Mini Minor

MINI Countryman vs Morris Mini MinorShowing just how “un-Mini” the new MINI Countryman is, new photos from Auto Express say more than words.  Despite emphasizing the glaring size difference, the article makes a case for the MINI Countryman:

… BMW’s business model is impeccable. Expanding the range not only attracts new customers but lowers production costs at the same time. And that’s the key to the Countryman – it’s not targeting diehard MINI fans, but a whole new type of clientele.

Gone are the days when the MINI relied on its traditions and origins. The current family of BMW-designed models are examples of expert marketing, global lifestyle products that appeal to a wide range of buyers. The Countryman simply adds another string to its bow.

See more photos and read the article MINI Countryman vs Morris Mini Minor.


collectible of the day: The Little Book of MINI

The Little Book of MINI (50th Anniversary Edition)The Little Book of MINI (cover version 2)The Little Book of MINI (cover version 1)
The Little Book of MINI by Brian Laban is little, measuring just six inches by six inches, but covers the history of the Mini as well as the MINI. Contents include:

  • Introduction
  • The Seeds
  • The Alternatives
  • The Man behind the Mini
  • The Solution
  • Onto the Road
  • Acceptance
  • Minis with More
  • Enter the Cooper
  • Do It Yourself
  • The Wilder Bunch
  • Rallying Round
  • On the Road Again
  • Into the Future
  • An End and a Beginning
  • Ideas into Reality
  • Top Twenty Mini Models

Originally published in 2005, the hardcover book was reissued in 2009 as the 50th Anniversary Edition.

The Little Book of MINI by Brian Laban
Green Umbrella Publishing, 2005
128 p.
ISBN-10: 1905009224, ISBN-13: 978-1905009220

The Little Book of MINI by Brian Laban
Green Umbrella Publishing, 2005
128 p.
ISBN-10: 1905009232, ISBN-13: 978-1905009237

The Little Book of MINI: 50th Anniversary Edition by Brian Laban
Green Umbrella Publishing, 2005
128 p.
ISBN-10: 1906635749, ISBN-13: 978-1906635749


collectible of the day: MINI The Book.

MINI: The Book
In December 2006, BMW (and MINI Brand Management) published this first official book about the MINI.  Filling the hardcover book’s 190 pages are numerous photos and illustrations of good design; people who inspired, and were inspired by, the Mini and MINI; and stories of the people who created the Mini legend and then the new MINI rebirth.  Read about Sir Alec Issigonis, John Cooper, and Rauno Aaltonen as well as contemporary fashion designers Paul Smith and Mary Quant.

ISBN-10: 3455500315 (German), 389955180X (English)
ISBN-13: 978-3455500318 (German), 978-3899551808 (English)

From the publisher:

The MINI is a phenomenon. Almost 50 years after its launch it is more popular than ever. The success of the MINI spans the globe and transcends all languages, latitudes, complexions and cultures. MINI The Book is the definitive publication on the definitive car. Ten cult photographers, creative designers and artists present their own take on the MINI, backed up by a host of stories, anecdotes, facts and figures, and the lowdown on the rising MINI Community. Plus, there’s everything you wanted to know about the men who made the MINI into the timeless legend it is.

Buy MINI The Book from Amazon.com or Amazon.de.