MINI turned 51 today.  The first Mini was launched to the UK public on August 26, 1959.

MINI posted the notice on its Facebook page:

MINI turns 51 years today!

How are YOU celebrating the birthday of MINI today?!

MINI designer Sir Alec Issigonis brought ‘Creative Use of Space’ into fruition with his first MINI sketches on a napkin. From yesteryear’s Austin Se7en and Morris Mini-Minor to current day MINI, MINI Convertible, MINI Clubman and MINI Countryman, we want to mark the 51st birthday of MINI by taking you down MINI memory lane with rare photos & timelines. Enjoy!

See the Happy 51st Birthday MINI! photo gallery on Facebook.