Mini returns home for 50th birthday

To mark the 50th birthday of the first Mini being produced at Plant Oxford, the same car returned to the venue today (May 8th) for a small celebration.

Some 602,817 Mini Cooper vehicles were built at the plant between 1959 and 1968 before the production of the vehicles was moved to Longbridge.

The first of these vehicles was the Mini Minor, which was finished in Old English White and wore the registration 621 AOK.

However, as well as reminiscing about the past, Frank-Peter Arndt, BMW Group member of the Board of Management for Production, took the opportunity to look to the future.

He said: "On days like today it’s also good to look to the future. Therefore, our objective is absolutely clear: We are going to continue the success story of Mini and continue to strengthen it.

"One thing is certain, Mini is a brand not only with a great tradition, but also a fantastic future."

Motorists interested in buying a Mini Cooper may wish to know that the vehicle has a fuel consumption of 52.3 miles to the gallon, while having the capabilities of reaching a top speed of 126 miles per hour.


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