THIS year, MINI celebrates its 60th anniversary. And what better way to mark the occasion than with the launch of an exclusive design model - the MINI 60 Years Edition.

An original that constantly reinvents itself, firmly rooted in tradition yet always open to change, this is MINI, 60 years after the launch of the small British car that brought worldwide popularity to unique properties, such as go-kart feeling and the creative use of space.

Athletic talent is part and parcel of the MINI genes. Even before the launch of the classic Mini in the summer of 1959, it was clear that the design features of the new small car would benefit not just interior space, but also the car's agile driving properties.

Sports car designer, John Cooper, was an especially strong believer in the compact four-seater’s race track potential. In collaboration with Alec Issigonis, the creator of the classic Mini, he developed ideas for variants of the small car with a more powerful engine, thereby laying the foundations for an exceptional career on racing circuits and rally tracks, culminating in three outright victories at the Monte Carlo Rally in the 1960s.

With a paint finish in the classic colour of British racing cars, the MINI 60 Years Edition in particular evokes the brand’s sporty career, which it started at a very early stage and has maintained up until the recent past. The exterior paint finish in British Racing Green offers a particularly clear expression of the premium small car’s character and origins.

The special edition will be available from March 2019 onwards, as a MINI 3-Door and MINI 5-Door, each with four engine variant, and only 500 will be made. This coincides with the launch of the brand-new 19-plate.

With the latest MINI range encompassing five model variants, including the 3-Door, 5-Door, Convertible, Clubman and Countryman, the MINI line-up is stronger than ever. Whether you’re looking for something stylish and economical, or an SUV with extra space, MINI has it all.

Contact Lloyd Carlisle MINI today on 01228 404505 to find out more. Or why not arrange a test drive in the model of your choice? Find us on Kingstown Industrial Estate, Kingstown Broadway, Carlisle CA3 0HA.

We’d love to see you.