One of the most popular British marques of all time, the venerable Mini, first appeared in 1959. It was the “everyman’s” car. A car that could be taken out to drive in a rally. Used to commute, court your sweetheart or fitted with a truck bed and turned into a service vehicle. It was a scrappy, fun car and it gained fans around the world. It seemed to have a personality. But like many British car companies, it was bogged down in a larger company that was imploding. Just before it went under BMW came to the rescue. After pouring in millions of Deutschmarks to revive the Mini, the revived car landed on the world stage with a bang. It became a movie star and a cult favorite. This is a car that refused to die.