It was August 26, 1959, and the Mini has just made its public debut. The ten-foot motoring symbol of England weathered the storm of the British car industry, remained largely unchanged for 40 years, and was given a new life about 19 years ago. Since then, millions have been made in the span of 60 years.
With its 60th birthday just around the corner, the iconic Mini has hit yet another production milestone. From 1959 to 2019, 10 million have been made, and that number just keeps on rising. So what exactly is the ten-millionth Mini? That would be a 60th Anniversary Edition Cooper S three-door finished in green and topped off by black stripes.
No special upgrades were made to the 10 millionth car. It's actually just a standard model, but the Cooper S does have pretty good specs. It has a 2.0-liter, turbocharged mill that's good for 192 PS and 280 Nm of torque. Performance figures? The manufacturer claims it can do 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds, and maxes out at 235 km/h.
If you're curious about the sales figures of the 'classic' and modern Minis, parent company BMW has the stats. The Mini classic was made from 1959 to 2000 with approximately 5.3 million were made in those 41 years. That means about 4.7 million units (and counting) of the modern Mini have rolled out of the Oxford plant since the year 2000.
To commemorate this milestone, Mini recently held a convoy headed to the annual International Mini Meeting in Bristol, England. The long line of Minis was led by the very first model produced and the exact same car shown to the British public 60 years ago. Bringing up the rear was the 10 millionth car made by the manufacturer. Between them, various Mini models through the years such as the Morris and Austin versions, as well as special edition models from every decade.