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Old 08-12-2008, 09:30 AM
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What year did the mini come out

Whats the 1st year a mini cooper came out? Not the very 1st ones, but the new generartion? 1998? 99?00?
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The MINI was launched in April 2001:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini_Cooper
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Not to step on any toes here, but it was actually March 22nd, 2002. I remember the day very well.

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Old 10-24-2012, 01:07 AM
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I was gonna say 2002 to but 2001 would make sense also because of how they put the next years model out a few months ahead of time.
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Not to step on any toes here, but it was actually March 22nd, 2002. I remember the day very well.

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Yes, in the United States, but that was not the official launch. The original post was correct. The One and Cooper began production and was sold in 2001 in some markets in Europe.
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So basically 2002 for North America I believe.
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Wait, there are places outside the US?!? haha, yes, sorry 2001 for Europe, 2002 in the US.

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Wait, there are places outside the US?!? haha, yes, sorry 2001 for Europe, 2002 in the US.

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Mini Cooper

The Mini Cooper actually came out in 1959, in England and the Queen of England got to drive it:-)It was built by BMC(British Motor Company), in 1999/2000was bought by BMW:-) and introduced to the US:-)


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Newer MINIs came out in 2002 here , launched March 22nd . 2001 in Europe.

Here some great info.

http://libraryofmotoring.info/facts/chronology/
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And to add to the history and release dates, this tech article here has some good info about MINI's and lists what were the first MINI's to release of the R50's.
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Concours d'Elegance - June 24, 2001 Palo Alto, CA

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The MINIs which went on sale March 22, 2002 were all pre-spec'd. Customer spec production began the end of May 2002.
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Heh, I think I saw that green one right around that time. They brought it over to Moffett Field on a trailer with an old Mini. Probably to do some photography nearby the interesting stuff they had (and still have!) over there. Things like Hangar 1, some of the research aircraft, a wind tunnel model of the Space Shuttle, various wind tunnels, and so on.
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The Mini Cooper actually came out in 1959, in England and the Queen of England got to drive it:-)It was built by BMC(British Motor Company), in 1999/2000was bought by BMW:-) and introduced to the US:-)
My first was an Austin Mini, first reg'd in 1964, CHK546B. Bought it in 1968 in the UK and imported it into the US that same year. 848CCs of pure fun with twin SUs!
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Concours d'Elegance - June 24, 2001 Palo Alto, CA

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The MINIs which went on sale March 22, 2002 were all pre-spec'd. Customer spec production began the end of May 2002.

Blast from the past, remember those days.
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My first was an Austin Mini, first reg'd in 1964, CHK546B. Bought it in 1968 in the UK and imported it into the US that same year. 848CCs of pure fun with twin SUs!
I bought this used 1967 in January 1968 ...

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1275cc - dual 1.5" SUs - lightened flywheel
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Do you have anymore pics from back in 2001 Concours ?
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