We know it’s a bit of a vague question, and the answer is pretty simple: it’s a car. But what kind of a car is it? Well, that’s easy to answer too: it’s a pretty small car. But there’s more to it than just that, right? Of course there is! The MINI Cooper is a staple in the automotive industry—a style icon. It has history flowing through its curves, spanning almost 60 years in its existence and production. It also doesn’t hurt that the vehicle was part of some of the most iconic car chase scene in film.
So what makes this little car so special in today’s world? We think there’s honestly too much to mention, but we at MINI Edmonton made a list for you, just in case. We narrowed our list down to the ones we think is most important to the overall reason why the MINI Cooper is just special in its own right.
The MINI Cooper’s body style and racing colors are instantly recognizable to the untrained eye. Fun fact: its compact size was actually the product of its time. Back in the late 1950s before its creation, a fuel shortage occurred because of the Suez Crisis. This kept petrol and gas rationed in the UK and the sales numbers for larger vehicles went into a recession. From there, the market for German bubble cars boomed, and the Italian Fiat 500 was the first indication of these vehicle’s success. It was these factors that contributed to designer Alec Issigonis’s vision for a British-made compact sized vehicle and the MINI was born.
As for the ‘Cooper’ in its name, legendary Formula 1 designer and builder, John Cooper, saw the potential in the vehicle and approached Issigonis with the idea of taking the MINI and incorporating racing performance and power. The collaboration proved successful, as both the MINI Cooper and Cooper S went on to winning the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, 1965 and 1967, cementing its place as a performance vehicle.
Not only is the MINI Cooper recognizable as a car, but it’s also recognizable for its other role—a movie star! The vehicle has been featured in a wide range of iconic Hollywood films and television shows. The most recognizable instance is in the classic film, The Italian Job. Both versions from 1969 and 2003 made the MINI Cooper a style icon, with its ability to race in the streets and inside the Italian sewers. The films feature a group of thieves stealing a shipment of gold bullion from the Mafia, and the iconic chase scenes from both movies have been engraved into the brains of audiences everywhere. Another iconic chase scene featuring the MINI Cooper takes place in the infamous action thriller, the Bourne Identity, where Jason Bourne is seen zipping through the streets of Paris from the police in a vintage MINI Cooper.
These are just a couple of reasons why the MINI Cooper’s appeal has lasted so long and resonated so deeply with today’s culture. From all of us at MINI Edmonton, we’re proud to carry all of this automotive heritage with us. Come stop by our showroom to see why the MINI Cooper is a timeless vehicle and why we’re the premier dealership for MINI Coopers in Edmonton. You can also book a test drive ahead of time to better fit your schedule. We hope you’ll stop by soon!