The blockade in 1956 of the Suez Canal demonstrated the vulnerability of Western Europe's oil supply. The British Motor Corporation responded with a design perspective for a car that was small - 4-feet wide, 4-feet tall, 10-feet long - and yet could hold four people and their luggage. Designed by Alex Issigonis, Turkish-born son of a Greek father and Bavarian mother, BMC's Mini was a marvel of automotive packaging. Launched in 1959, the Mini lasted for 40 years with more than five million sold.
This 1965 Mini Cooper S (Cooper S means more performance) was exported on December 1 and sold in San Francisco.