Hasegawa 1/24 Mini Cooper 1.3i (1997)
The Mini Morris is a British passenger car that was first presented to the public in 1959. Its serial production started in the same year and lasted until 2000 in the original version. In 2001, a completely new car, referring to the Mini Morris, called the BMW Mini, entered the market. Originally, the Mini Morris was produced in the cities of Cowley and Longbridge in the UK, but has since been produced in many other cities around the world.
Mini Morris was developed and implemented into production to expand the commercial offer of the British Motor Corporation and win the interest of European markets - especially British - with small cars with low operating costs. From the very beginning, the emphasis was placed on the low cost of production and the same operating costs. At the same time, the serial Mini Morris was characterized by simple construction, its high reliability and low failure rate. The car also provided decent travel comfort for this class of cars. The most commonly used drive was an engine with a capacity of 0.85 to 1.3 liters. There were also several body versions, such as: 2-door sedan, combi, van and pick-up. The car quickly gained the status of a cult car in Great Britain, comparable to the Citroen 2CV in France or the VW Beetle in Germany. He even became a symbol of the 1960s in the collective consciousness of the British! Taking advantage of this nostalgia and the great popularity of the car, the German concern BMW in 2001 introduced the Mini brand to the market, which stylistically refers to its predecessor, but with drive units, equipment and technologies used, it is completely different from it.