2019 marks 60 years of the motoring icon the Mini. #featurefriday#classicmini 💛🇬🇧
Launched on August 26th 1959, it's design broke the mould.
Penned by Sir Alec Issigonis under the commission of British Motor Company president Sir Leonard Lord. In response to the fuel shortage caused by the 1959 Suez Crisis, BMC wanted to produce a small-scale fuel efficient vehicle for the masses.
It needed to have box-like measurements, offer ample space to accommodate four passengers and in order to keep costs down use an existing powerplant.
It was aimed at providing affordable motoring at a time when the cost of driving had escalated.
A mere ten feet long and four foot seven 1/2 inches wide. It’s use of a monocoque instead of a traditional chassis, along with the transversely mounted water cooled A-Series 4-cylinder engine powering the front wheels with the suspension and engine/gearbox assemblies being carried on sub frames - had freed up the majority of the cabin for passenger space and set the template for how small to medium sized cars would be built thereafter.
By way of a bonus the mini was well balanced and great fun to drive. Given how responsive it was coupled with the efforts of racing car designer John Cooper, motorsport accomplishments soon followed.
Most notable of them was the Mini Cooper S winning the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, 1965 and 1967 - and controversially being disqualified from the results after placing first to third in 1966.
It instantly appealed to a huge spectrum of the population, regardless of their wealth. Celebrity owners like the Beatles only added to the Mini’s kudos and there was, of course the car's staring role alongside Sir Michael Caine in the 1969 hit caper film, 'The Italian Job' which helped to cement its stardom.
Lamborghini Miura SVR Jota
The Miura SVR Jota, was the wildest early Lamborghini ever built.
Lamborghini chief test driver Bob Wallace wanted something racier, so he began working on his own variant, the Jota, in 1970.
Thanks to extensive use of various aluminum alloys, the Miura Jotawas much lighter than the standard car, and a high-compression, dry-sump V12 provided well over 400 horsepower.
Wallace installed an aggressive chin spoiler on the front of the Jota, along with twin fuel tanks mounted in the door sills for better balance.
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exterior custom features_____________________________________
•Moonbeam Metallic high gloss paint
•Quiet Storm Tint /front windshield include (not for night driving)
•AccuAir Suspension @accuair •Brembo rotors and calipers color coded and highlighted with a Nugget Gold high gloss high heat paint @brembobrake •JECKONEdesign rims (bR2JK1D) color coded with Black Magic metallic high gloss paint with Triple Chrome accents wearing Pirelli high performance low profile tires (Staggered Fit)
interior custom @pirelli@jeckonedesign features_____________________________________
•Headliner wrapped in Steel Black suede
•Seats and Door Panels upholstered in Black Steel suede stitched with Cadet Gray Polyester UV thread and white Polyester antilock UV thread blended with Gucci Signature GG white soft leather (Dapper Dan Harlem) @gucci@dapperdanharlem •Crisp sound system equipped with 13 speakers, 10 tweeters, 1 digital equalizer, 1 bass tube subwoofer, 1 power boost amp , 1 compressor valve tank both (amp & tank) color coded in Nugget Gold Metallic high gloss high heat paint
Maserati Mostro Zagato (2015)
One of 5 only, the Mostro, built by Zagato in 2015 was created to celebrate Maserati’s centenary year. It was designed as a direct homage to the Maserati 450S Coupé Zagato, designed in 1957.
Maserati has fitted the coupé with a Ferrari-Maserati 4.2-litre V8 engine under its bonnet and a carbonfibre monocell construction.
Power is sent via a six-speed automated manual transmission. The Mostro has double wishbone suspension front and rear, and sits on 19in alloy wheels. Although designed primarily for the track, it is believed that the Mostro remains road legal.
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