|Austin Mini 7|
The production version of the Mini was demonstrated to the press in April 1959, and by August, several thousand cars had been produced ready for the first sales. The Mini was officially announced to the public on 26 August 1959. Some 2,000 cars had already been sent abroad and were displayed that day in almost 100 countries.
The Mini was marketed under BMC's two main brand names, Austin and Morris, until 1969 when it became a marque in its own right. The Morris version was marketed as Morris Mini-Minor, referencing the contemporary Morris Minor. The almost identical Austin version was sold as the Austin Seven (sometimes written as SE7EN in early publicity material, which recalled the popular small Austin 7 of the 1920s and 1930s.
The Mini entered into popular culture in the 1960s with well-publicised purchases by film and music stars and significant success in rallying and racing. Its unique layout with a wheel at each corner, transverse engine, front wheel drive and stiff suspension meant it was a ready made track car at budget road car prices.
This Mark 1 version was in production up to 1967 when the more refined Mark 2 was launched.
Vanguards 10067; Austin Mini 7; Mini No1
40th Anniversary of the Mini
|Vanguards VA01300; Austin Mini 7; Spruce Green||Vanguards VA13000; Austin Mini 7; Spruce Green||Vanguards VA13001; Austin Mini 7; White||Vanguards VA13002; Austin Mini 7; Birmingham City Police|
|Vanguards VA13003; Austin Mini 7; Grey||Vanguards VA13004; Austin Mini 7; Police Panda Car||Vanguards VA13005; Austin Mini 7; Yellow||Vanguards VA01306; Austin Mini 7; Black||Vanguards VA01307; Austin Mini 7; Red, White Roof|
|Vanguards VA01308; Austin Mini 7; On Fire; Boy Racers||Vanguards VA01309; Austin Mini 7; Cherry Red||Vanguards VA01310; Austin Mini 7; New South Wales Police||Vanguards VA01311; Austin Mini 7; British Racing Green, Union Jack Roof||Vanguards VA01312; Austin Mini 7; Speedwell Blue & Old English White|
|Not Issued||Not Issued||Still Looking||Still Looking|
|Vanguards VA01313; Austin Mini 7; Drive Time Motorsport - Christabel Carlisle||Vanguards VA01314; Austin Mini 7||Vanguards VA01315; Austin Mini 7 Super Deluxe, Surf Blue||Vanguards VA01316; Austin Mini 7 Farina Grey, Rusty||Vanguards VA01317; Austin Mini 7 Vanden Plas (Lord Austin's Daughter)|
|Vanguards VA01318; Austin Mini 7 850; RAF Police||Vanguards VA01319; Austin Mini 850 RAF Station Commander|
|Vanguards BPL1003; British Motoring Classics of the 1960s||Vanguards IJ1005; The Italian Job 5 Pce Set||Vanguards PC1002; Police Panda Car 2 Pce Set||Vanguards MI2003; BMC Mini 50th Anniversary Set|