Launched on 26th August 1959, Alec Issigonis' Mini was a complete departure from established small car design ideas. The engine was installed transversely, with the gearbox in the sump and having front wheel drive, fully independent suspension and small wheels, the interior was unusually spacious.
It was a brave decision by BMC to build such a revolutionary car. A world-leading design, more than five million Minis were built in the car's 41 year production life and the transverse engine and front-wheel drive concept has become the accepted standard for small cars.
621 AOK is the very first Morris badged Mini, which left the Cowley line on the 8th May 1959.