The Mini is one of the most recognizable cars in automotive history. Even in countries where the Mini wasn't sold it was so ingrained in popular culture that it became as recognizable as the Jaguar E-Type. The Mini's innovative transverse engine and front-wheel drive layout went on to have a profound effect on car design along with a host of other design features.
The Mini's production run was immense as well, starting in 1959 and ending in 2000 and through a chain of 3 ownerships. It was also manufactured in Spain, Italy, Australia, South Africa, Belgium, Chile, Malta, Portugal, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Yugoslavia. The Mini was also incredibly successful in motorsport due to John Cooper and spawned the performance Cooper line that BMW carries on to this day with the rebooted MINI brand.