Saw this on my way to work this morning and it made me smile.
The Mk3 Mini Clubman Estate (or Austin Countryman/Morris Traveller) was already considered small with respect to its contemporaries when it was new in 1969 - 1980, but compared with what we consider as a ‘small car’ today (Smart ForTwo in front, Honda Civic behind), the difference is breathtaking.
Originally conceived by a small design team to utilize as much of its interior space for passengers and luggage, the Mini managed to transcend its original design and intended purpose and become a rally racing legend by beating cars that were bigger and more powerful. This success, coupled with the sales success of the street cars spawned a myriad of sub-models including this Clubman Estate. This demonstrates that even though the vehicle was essentially built to adhere to a limited specification, the original design was strong enough to jump into a totally unrelated function. A case for very good design.
I can’t imagine what it would be like driving around in Calgary traffic surrounded by truly gigantic SUV’s in such a tiny car. Truly, that driver has nerves of steel. Tip of the hat and a ton of respect for the gearhead that chooses to drive this beautiful machine daily.