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PostSubject: The MINI Story at the BMW Museum   3rd December 2014, 20:37

Starting this week and until January 31st 2016, a showing of over 30 Mini vehicles along with accessories, photos, films and sketches will tell the Mini Story.

Visitors to the BMW Museum will for the first time be able to admire over 30 original vehicles, smaller exhibits and accessories from 55 years of Mini history. Numerous photos, films and sketches, along with a wealth of background information, tell the story of the tradition-rich brand across 20 themed areas. On 28 November 2014 the BMW Museum hosts a grand opening party for the new exhibition.
“Following the recent guest appearance by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, this special MINI exhibition allows us to give our visitors a closer look at another of the BMW Group’s heritage-rich brands,” adds Gabriele Fink, Head of the BMW Museum.
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PostSubject: Re: The MINI Story at the BMW Museum   3rd December 2014, 20:37

"Yes, the emphasis lies on current models and prototypes for these, but interestingly for us lot there's a little more than the well-known classics they haul to every prestigious event. In fact they have made the effort to show some Mini derivatives!"
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BMW’s newly created four-door original Mini is on display at the Munich Mini exhibition alongside the new five-door Mini.


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PostSubject: Re: The MINI Story at the BMW Museum   3rd December 2014, 20:38



Quote from Autocar magazine:-
"As part of the exhibition, BMW has also built a replica of an experimental four-door Mini that was constructed by Austin-Morris in the early 1960s. Based on period photos, the new car is based on a later-model Mini Classic. BMW design sources say the original four-door was built on the same stretched wheelbase as the Mini Van, which was launched in 1960. One version used standard Mini front doors, which were flipped and rear-hinged, while nother version used a bespoke door design. Neither prototype survived when the company decided not to pursue the idea."
28 Photos from the exhibition here:-
BMW opens ?The Mini Story? in Munich - picture special | Autocar

According to the front page headlines in this weeks 'Classic Car Buyer' newspaper the 'Mini Story' exhibition will eventually be going on show at the Cowley Oxford Plant after its run in Munich.
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PostSubject: Re: The MINI Story at the BMW Museum   3rd December 2014, 20:39



Concepts and prototypes : Mini four-door
The launch of the MINI 5-Door Hatch has sparked memories of a similar product that BMC could have launched, right at the dawn of ADO15 production, in the early 1960s. A more practical Mini seemingly has been on the cards ever since Alec Issigonis devised his clever 10ft (and a quarter inch) long baby car.

According to John Pressnell’s epochal book, Mini: The Definitive History, the idea of a four-door Mini had been floating around Longbridge since 1957, once the ADO15 project was underway. However, little work was done on the car, as the priority was just to get the two-door to market, but it was the arrival of the commercial and load-carrying variations that had the designers thinking more seriously about the idea of a more practical Mini.

The 1960-1961 Morris Mini van, Countryman, Pick-up and the Austin Se7en Traveller’s new underpinnings would potentially form the perfect basis for the new four-door Mini. They received a much-needed four-inch stretch of the wheelbase (from 80in to 84in), giving the car more rear room and a worthwhile extension in the luggage area.

According to one ex-Austin apprentice who helped with the Mini’s 20th anniversary celebrations in 1979, when he was researching the Mini’s early life, he came across the above interesting image of a four-door Mini produced by the Longbridge engineering team as a possible upwards extension of the Mini saloon range.

He said that the approach back then was very much a case of ‘suck it and see’, with many one-offs being produced as the result of a ‘good idea’. The four-door Mini in the image was built in 1962-1963 and, as can be seen from the accompanying image (note the gap between the rear wheelarch and the rear corner flange), it was based on the longer-wheelbase platform and was photographed at the Longbridge development shops behind Austin’s HQ, known by one and all as the Kremlin.

The fate of this car is unknown, but it almost certainly did not survive. There was a rather unfortunate policy at Longbridge of scrapping most ‘non-standard’ prototypes like this, so it probably didn’t survive very long, or was stuffed into one of the infamous tunnels and got burnt in the fire in the late-1980s.

John Pressnell said that Ron Dovey of the experimental body shop remembered the single running prototype. Consideration was also given to a long-wheelbase two-door saloon and it seems possible that a car was also built to that specification. The fate of that car remains unknown.

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PostSubject: Re: The MINI Story at the BMW Museum   3rd December 2014, 20:48

This exhibition looks so good ... roadtrip to Munich sometime next year perhaps?

http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/News/Search-Results/Motoring-issues/The-best-and-weirdest-Minis-of-all-time-by-Mini-design-chief/
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PostSubject: Re: The MINI Story at the BMW Museum   3rd December 2014, 20:52

Could tie it in with a trip to Frankfurt motorshow? I seem to have the idea that's on in 2015 too..
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PostSubject: Re: The MINI Story at the BMW Museum   3rd December 2014, 21:02

^^ if you're serious about this Neil - I'd love to go and see it (and obviously enjoy a drive across some of Europe!) Smile
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PostSubject: Re: The MINI Story at the BMW Museum   3rd December 2014, 22:54

NeilAndHisMini wrote:
This exhibition looks so good ... roadtrip to Munich sometime next year perhaps?

http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/News/Search-Results/Motoring-issues/The-best-and-weirdest-Minis-of-all-time-by-Mini-design-chief/

The Nurburgring is around the half-way point for a stopover during a roadtrip to and from Munich.......also been a popular idea on the classic Mini Forums. Cool

PS. Much of the exhibition was planned over the last year with the help and advice of SNM member 'Tanya' who sourced several of the classic Mini's on show and she was also invited by BMW to the official opening this week in Munich. clap
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