Mini Cooper Cafe Racer

"The Mini was originally developed in the shadow of the 1956 Suez Crisis to meet demand for an economical car that could seat 5 and still have room for luggage. As the story goes, Leonard Lord (the head of BMC) utterly despised German bubble cars, and the fact that they were seeing a popularity surge in Britain was taken as a matter of personal offence.

Lord vowed to rid the United Kingdom of the bubble car scourge and develop what he called “a proper miniature car” – a phrase that would later be revisited when it was time to name the new model."