Classic Car Rescue

Mini

The inspiration for the layout of nearly every car in production today…

Mini

Voted Car of the 20th Century, design guru Alec Issigonis’ utilitarian masterpiece of minimalism, the Mini, is the inspiration for the layout of nearly every car in production today. But it took a collaboration with the motorsport legend John Cooper to create the remarkable – and unlikely rally success - the Mini Cooper.

From the day Alec Issigonis sat down and penned his car’s layout the Mini was always going to be the most revolutionary car ever made. Initially designed to repel the threat of German bubble car sales during the Suez crises, his 10 foot long miracle of packaging placed the engine transversely and the gearbox underneath driving specially made 10 inch front wheels, liberating the cabin space of a large car in the road space of a micro car; truly brilliant lateral thinking which produced 5,387,862 cars 41 years of production.

The fact that the Mini handled so fantastically was initially a bonus of its design but one quickly exploited by John Cooper. The Mini Cooper dominated racing and rallying– always beating more powerful cars because of its superb traction, nimble handling and surprising strength. Its 4 Monte Carlo Rally Wins (including the infamous 1966 unfair disqualification) became the stuff of legend. 

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  • neil

    11 months ago

    neil

    what a load of crap, firstly tha car was set on fire, ha setup up, second it was put on its roof but when they redone roof where was the welds when then fixed it before the filler went on, never seen so much crap in my life, think we are stupid and blind

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  • Dennis

    over 1 year ago

    Dennis

    The end date for entering by phone was the 5th Nov, post was three days later, so thats the 9th, plus in can take up to 28 days to announce winners - so your guess is as good as mine!!! However, if you go to www.channel5.com/articles/winners they have got as far as the Porshe.

  • John

    over 1 year ago

    John

    When is the competition for the mini being drawn?

  • Nick Lawrence

    over 1 year ago

    Nick Lawrence

    How do you no if someone one the car, the draw was the 5th nov 12 can someone help plz

  • malk

    over 1 year ago

    malk

    hi bernie great program teaches people how to fix old classic cars up on budget. dont listen to put downs great job mate. hope another program comes out

  • phil

    over 1 year ago

    phil

    The car she was trying to sell for £2000 was a rare one and the blue morris one is quite a desirable one but they took away the desirability by putting the cooper stripes on may as well been a 90s mini

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  • Adrian

    over 1 year ago

    Adrian

    For me, one of the biggest problems with the show is the utterly ridiculous prices that Bernie pays for these cars. I hate to be the one to say it, but only an idiot would pay over 700 quid for a rust bucket, in pieces and with an engine on three cylinders. Look on ebay or auto trader, there are much cheaper cars out there in much better condition. For heavens sake Bernie, I got an MGB GT with four months tax and ten months MOT for 750 and a Spitfire with MOT and tax for 1350. That woman was the best joke of all, 2000 for that heap, and then having the audacity to say to camera that she knows about cars. She knew about as much about cars as she did about diets, absolutely sod all.

  • james balaam

    over 1 year ago

    james balaam

    The £5000 valuation is a joke, maybe if it had a rebuilt 1275cc engine and box it would be worth that. Pity they made a 1975 Mini look like a 1990's Cooper, would've been much nicer with a period look and a souped up motor.

  • Sean

    over 1 year ago

    Sean

    Was thinking about buying a BMW mini or should I buy one of these old rust boxes instead ? BTW, I'm trying to watch the mini epesode on here but the computer says no.

  • Oden

    over 1 year ago

    Oden

    Also, this is probably the worst car show i've seen.

  • Oden

    over 1 year ago

    Oden

    what paint is used on the Mini? has a good shine, looks like a straight colour, single coat...?

  • Jimmy

    over 1 year ago

    Jimmy

    Enjoyed the complete season. Would like to see more classic car rescues, gave me some handy hints, and perhaps inspired me to try my own!

  • Luke Evans

    over 1 year ago

    Luke Evans

    Restoring a couple of minis with my Dad and was a little apprehensive about the amount of rust, but after seeing the state this mini was in I can say there was a massive sigh of relief. I can’t say I am impressed with the bargaining skills though, I managed to get one of mine off a neighbour for free! Brilliant finish though and glad to know it isn’t still sitting on that drive doing absolutely nothing. Also, does anyone know if they are giving the mini book away with the car in the competition? Or is that just being greedy? Thanks for the info on Palmer Brothers, will be heading there soon.

  • Colin Richardson

    over 1 year ago

    Colin Richardson

    Cracking looking Mini, this example reminds me of the one from my youth, which we shoe-horned a 1300GT engine into. Sh*t and shovel quite often came up in conversation when refering to that wee beastie :)

  • jonty351

    over 1 year ago

    jonty351

    next series confirmed yet Bernie ?

  • Bernie Fineman

    over 1 year ago

    Bernie Fineman

    Hi All Just for your information Disappointed, there was NOT 2 shells used, and the OLD SKOOL way in my hey day was to carry out major flor repairs with the car on its side. I dont know how old you are, but i suggest you check your facts before making comments. Lastly, Wayne made a fantastic job of this MINi, it is MOT tested and completly safe So There Be well Bernie Fineman Presenter Classic car rescue

  • Dennis Biggs

    over 1 year ago

    Dennis Biggs

    Love the show, just a hint, next time you are trying to find a car to restore - try ebay !!

  • Disappointed

    over 1 year ago

    Disappointed

    Once again a bodged show, two shells used, fake cooper badges, pretend fire and who would dream of lying the car on its side with tyres!!! I would definitely check the car for safety. Why wouldn't channel 5 make a real show instead of this rubbish is beyond me.

  • minimanryan

    over 1 year ago

    minimanryan

    the shop is not a scrap yard its a place called palmer bros that was there pink mini shortie go on there facebook page there amazing and pro retores secondly the mini that was on the india special top geer is now bieng retored by them

  • rockastansky

    over 1 year ago

    rockastansky

    i wish i never had to sell mine way back in 1992 was 850 on p plate... same colour

  • Sarah Smith

    over 1 year ago

    Sarah Smith

    I love classic mini's. just had to sell my red Mini Cooper becasue I couldn't afford the repairs that need doing I will never have a car that is such fun to frive again. The mini in the show looks amazing!

  • Luke

    over 1 year ago

    Luke

    does anyone know where the scrap yard is that they visited in the show?

  • kirsty peart

    over 1 year ago

    kirsty peart

    this mini is amazing !! always loved the old mini's

  • Adam Robertson

    over 1 year ago

    Adam Robertson

    this is amazing i love mini !!! i have a new shape but i have always had love for the old minis

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