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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.

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book: MINI Design

Wickenheiser, Othmar and Gert Hildebrand

MINI Design: Past Present Future

Stuttgart: Motorbuch, 2009

400 p.

ISBN-10: 361303123X

ISBN-13: 978-3613031234

What will certainly be considered the definitive MINI book to date, MINI Design: Past Present Future by Othmar Wickenheiser and Gert Hildebrand traces the design of the MINI back to its early days.  The large volume, written in German, presents inside interviews and technical information enhanced by hundreds of drawings and photographs.

MINI Design: Past Present Future can be purchased from and shipped to the US.

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