These Adorable Classic Photos Remind Us Why Mini is an Icon

Americans have plenty of automotive icons, including the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette, the 1959 Cadillac Coupe deVille, the 1955-1957 Chevrolet Bel Air—it’s a long list. We have quite a few superstars in our stables, but we often forget this grouping of immortal Detroit iron doesn’t hold nearly as high a status abroad, especially in places like England. Indeed, the Brits have their own pantheon of vehicular greats, and we felt it was high time to feature the smallest yet brightest star from among the bunch—the Mini Cooper.

Just like we did with Cadillac, Land Rover, and the Mustang, we’ve scrounged around the archives to put together a folio of vintage photos of classic Minis doing whatever classic Minis are wont to do. As usual, we picked out a few of our favorites to highlight below, but don’t miss the full gallery.

Mini Designer Alec Issigonis

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2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport One-Week Test Drive Review

What Is the Volkswagen Cross Sport?

At first glance, you may be wondering what the Cross Sport variant does differently from the standard Atlas. It can take a moment before you see the major difference between the two: that sportier raked roofline. Volkswagen’s product planning team determined that not all Atlas shoppers needed a third row of seats. Then the design team was called in to give the Atlas a quick makeover with more of a fastback-style roofline in a similar vein to far costlier German utility vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and sporty Porsche Cayenne Coupe. The Atlas Cross Sport’s advantages go beyond its slicker shape, however; the Cross Sport is nearly three inches shorter and just over two inches lower than the standard Atlas, but keeps the same wheelbase, resulting in notably more legroom while also dropping some pounds for slightly improved efficiency, at least theoretically.

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2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 4Matic Test Drive: A Sport-Compact Car as It Should Be

Before we even get to the test of the 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 4Matic, let’s acknowledge the general fact that automotive categories have become rather arbitrary. Another general fact: Humans’ desire to apply taxonomy to virtually everything clashes with automakers’ desire to define their own products as unique. Case in point, I’ve just recently gotten over the headache of explaining to commenters across all of Automobile’s social media platforms why we called the Cadillac CT4 a BMW 3 Series competitor and not an Audi A3 rival: The CT4 is priced to compete with a segment below its size class— which throws off traditional classification, so there’s no single correct answer to such a debate.

Take the notion of a coupe, a body style once defined simply as a two-door vehicle with a sloping rear roofline. The coupe in recent years has come under attack by manufacturers who want … Read more

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Fiat X1/9: History, Generations, Specifications

Fiat X1/9 Essential History

Fiat X1/9 Beginnings

The Fiat X1/9 made its debut in 1972 as a replacement for the rear-engine Fiat 850 Spider and was one of the first truly affordable mid-engine sports cars, following the more expensive Porsche 914’s 1970 launch. The X1/9 landed on U.S. shores for the 1974 model year using slightly evolved versions of the Fiat 128’s MacPherson strut suspension and 67-horsepower 1.3-liter SOHC inline four-cylinder engine, engineered by Aurelio Lampredi. The X1/9 featured wedge-like styling from Lamborghini Miura designer Marcello Gandini at Bertone, and had four-wheel disc brakes, a four-speed manual transmission, and two trunks, one in the rear and one in the front. The latter trunk was large enough to carry a weekend’s worth of luggage or the X1/9’s removable Targa-style roof panel. These 1974 models featured some unique styling touches compared to later 1.3-liter versions, including smaller bumpers front

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This 1969 Datsun Roadster Gets Some Love on the Wheeler Dealers Season Premiere

If you love old roadsters and dream of buying an old MGB or Triumph to fix up as a project car—don’t do it! Well, at least not until you watch the season premiere of Wheeler Dealers, with hosts Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead. The latest episode features a sweet 1969 Datsun Roadster that nearly steals the show.

The so-called British imposter is also known as the Fairlady in Japan. If you are lucky enough to find one in good condition, the Datsun Roadster is a very reliable two-seater unlike the MGs of the same period, which are much more likely to leave you stranded on the side of the road.

Datsun Roadsters were built from 1963 to 1970 and packed 1,500, 1,600, and 2,000cc (1.5-liter, 1.6-liter, and 2-liter) engines under its hoodscoop throughout its evolution. As you may already know, Brewer is an expert at finding cars on the cheap

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