Produced from 1959 to 2000, the original Mini is one of the longest-lasting and most iconic cars in history. It was initially produced by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) brand with the name of Austin Seven, which in 1962 became Austin Mini; the eponymous brand “Mini” was born in 1969, the year in which BMC broke up. Between 1980 and 1988 the name was Austin Mini again. From 1988 onwards, the wording remained simply “Mini”. The history of the classic Mini ended in 2001 with the debut of the seventh generation, which was the first produced by mini under the employ of BMW, which had bought the entirety of the British brand in 2000.