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1962 Austin MINI Cooper

The Mini was born out of necessity during the fuel shortage caused by the 1956 Suez Crisis. The United Kingdom rationed petrol and sales of large cars slumped. The market for German 'bubble' cars, however, skyrocketed. Leonard Lord, the head of BMC, reportedly detested these cars so much that he vowed to build a 'proper miniature car.'

Alec Issigonis, who had been working for Alvis, was recruited back to BMC in 1955. Upon arriving, his skills were put to use. Issigonis was joined by Jack Daniels, (who had worked with him on the Morris Minor), Chris Kingham, two engineering students and four draughtsmen. By October of 1957, the team had designed and built the original prototype, which was named 'The Orange Box' in reference to its color.

Issigonis had a friend named John Cooper, who immediately recognized the potential of the little car for competition use. The Austin Mini Copper and Morris Mini Cooper made their debut in 1961.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2016

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1962 MINI Cooper
$1,726-$16,700
1962 Austin MINI Cooper Base Price : $1,726

Other 1962 Austin Models

Mini Cooper MKI

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
80.20 in.
4 cyl., 51.75 CID., 37.00hp
$1,295 - $1,295
80.00 in.
4 cyl., 51.75 CID., 37.00hp
80.00 in.
4 cyl., 51.75 CID., 37.00hp
$1,726 - $1,726
80.00 in.
4 cyl., 60.84 CID., 55.00hp
80.00 in.
4 cyl., 51.75 CID., 34.00hp
$1,726 - $1,726
80.00 in.
4 cyl., 60.84 CID., 55.00hp
80.00 in.
4 cyl., 51.75 CID., 37.00hp
4 cyl., 60.84 CID., 55.00hp
$1,726 - $1,726
80.00 in.
4 cyl., 60.84 CID., 55.00hp
4 cyl., 60.90 CID., 55.00hp
$1,730 - $1,730
80.00 in.
4 cyl., 77.81 CID., 78.00hp
$2,350 - $2,350
80.00 in.
4 cyl., 77.81 CID., 78.00hp
$2,350 - $2,350
80.00 in.
4 cyl., 77.81 CID., 78.00hp
$2,350 - $2,350
80.00 in.
4 cyl., 77.81 CID., 78.00hp
$2,430 - $2,430
4 cyl., 51.87 CID., 34.00hp

Industry Production

#1#2#3Austin
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)44,859
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)4,228
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)44,859
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)315,000
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)101,242
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)101,242
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)190,000
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)240,000
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)210,000
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)175,000
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)165,000

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