Before Mini decided to share its product with us, only those outside the US were able to experience them. These cars were perfect for the tight, fast streets of Paris or London. For those of us in cities such as Boston or New York , we lamented the lack of a small vehicle so some of us shipped them over. Minis rolled off the line for the first time in 1959. It’s design was to be small enough to parallel park and have a bubble-like body. The cars had sliding windows which enabled max. Storage in the smaller back seat. Where the window cranks would have been, the space could now be used for parcels or passenger’s knees. It was a successful car through much of the latter half of the 20th century. BMW acquired them in 2000 and the new MINI was introduced. Note how the name now changes to all capital letters. This acquisition made the MINI start showing up in all kids of places. Movies were not an exception: The Bourne Identtity, The Italian Job and Lara Croft: Tomb Rider. Available now in the US and throughout the world, MINIs are much beloved for their small size and ability to drive swiftly through traffic maximizing tight city parking. Ranging on the almost-opposite of the behemoth SUV’s of today, the MINI is a popular car among a wide group of enthusiasts. Classic drivers of the MINI admit the car retains many of the ideals of the original, although initially shun the new release.