The Mini Convertible: A Brief History

Not many car brands have the kind of history which Mini can boast. The Mini name is not only one of the most famous brand names in motoring and the biggest selling British car ever made, it is also a style icon. Since 2004 Mini fans have been able to buy into this august history and benefit from the kerb appeal of having a distinctive Min car sitting outside their house or on their driveway, not to mention the fun driving experience that the go kart like handling of these cars offers to their owners, whilst also enjoying the pleasures of open top motoring.

The Mini Convertible was first was revealed to the world at the Salon International de l’Auto show in 2004, and is based on the Mini Hatch. The first generation Hatch, which was the first car produced by the company since BMW took over the ownership of the firm, was introduced in 2001 just a year after the original Mini was discontinued in the year 2000. The Hatch car was redesigned for the release of a second generation car in 2006.

Three years after the release of the second generation Hatch car, the new Mini marque under BMW ownership released the second generation Convertible. This new car got its global debut at the 2009 Detroit Auto show as a 2009 model year car. One of the most notable additions for this second generation car was the inclusion of a new piece of kit within the cabin called the ‘Openometer’, which tracks the amount of time that the roof has been down for in minutes.

One of the most interesting landmarks in the history of the Mini Convertible cam in 2005, when the Driving Standards Agency in the UK banned the model from being used in driving test, because of poor visibility.