Oxford, England – On May 8, Mini marks 50 years since the first car rolled off the production line at Cowley, now called Plant Oxford. That very car, an Old English White Mini Minor, will return to its birthplace to be part of the celebration.
Plant Oxford built 602,817 Minis from 1959 to 1968, before production was moved to Longbridge. Production of the new Mini began at Plant Oxford in 2001, and since then, more than 1.4 million have been built.
Overall, more than six million classic and new Minis have been sold since the model first went on sale in 1959.
“Little did anyone know just how popular Sir Alec Issigoni’s car for the people would be, or that half a century later it would be reborn as the Mini and once again be built in Oxford,” said Dr. Jürgen Hedrich, managing director of the plant. “This is a momentous day in the plant and car’s history. Everyone at the plant is proud to be part of both the heritage and the future of this car.”
Thousands of visitors from across the globe will celebrate the model’s 50th birthday at Mini United, which is being staged at Silverstone from May 22 to 24. For more information, visit.