When discussing extraordinary vehicle lineups in the auto market, one cannot overlook the Mini. The Mini is a uniquely small car that was produced by the British Motor Corporation and its successors from 1959 until 2000 and supported by specialized Mini parts. Minis and Mini parts were marketed under other automaker names until Mini became a marque in its own right in 1969. The original driving force behind the development Mini parts for this vehicle was a search for efficiency. The Mini and Mini parts were originally designed as project in response to a worldwide fuel shortage. At this time gasoline rationing was the norm, and sales of large cars slumped. Out of this crisis there was a boom in the market for petite, fuel efficient cars; out of this crisis, the Mini and its corresponding Mini parts were forged. All of the novel and elegant technical innovations applied to Mini parts resulted in a car with minimum overall dimensions yet maximized space for both passengers and luggage.
The original Mini constructed from specially engineered Mini parts was considered an icon of the 1960s. The Mini and its space-saving front-wheel-drive layout, allowed 80% of the area of the car's floor plan to be used for passengers and luggage. Its unique styling and Mini parts engineering is touted to have influenced a generation of car-makers. The popularity of the original Mini and Mini parts spawned the development of many models that targeted different markets; the Mini Van, Mini Moke, Mini K, Mini Cooper and their respective Mini parts were all made available for drivers' pursuit of the ultimate in efficiency and mobility.
In 2003 BMW, the current owner of the Mini brand launched the MINI. However, many original Mini and Mini parts enthusiasts reject the claim that the MINI is the natural successor of the original car, while others view it as the only way the concept could have continued in the light of modern safety, emissions and Mini parts manufacturing principles.
The economic value, simplicity and easy availability of used Minis and Mini parts make it an ideal candidate for body replacement. There are hundreds of Mini parts kits and thousands of Mini parts available on the market for Mini drivers and individual enthusiasts. Years after the Mini ended its production there still remains a healthy volume of Mini parts, for replacements spares and restoration and performance Mini parts are also available for race tuning.