Morris Mini-Minor car, 1959.
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Sectioned. Designed by Sir Alex Isigonis, the Mini-Minor was introduced as a new concept in British automobile design, with the desire to gain the maximum interior space contained in the minimum of overall dimensions. The engine is mounted transversely, with the gearbox placed inside the engine sump. The independent front suspension consists of rubber cone spring units; the upper and lower arms being attached to swivel pin hubs by ball joints. Independent rear suspension is also by rubber cone spring units on radius arms. The Mini was a huge commercial succes, with over 5 million cars being produced in all.