Little car with big reputation

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The original Mini has been voted the greatest British car ever made in a poll by Autocar readers.

The Mini beat opposition from the original Range Rover, which was launched in 1970, and the Jaguar E-Type, which was launched in 1961, and drew votes on the grounds of beauty, function and value.

The Austin Mini was launched in 1959 and notched 5.4million sales during its 41-year lifetime.

The poll was conducted to coincide with the announcement that Britain’s car manufacturing output is set to eclipse its highest levels by 2015, thanks to massive investment from car makers.

In total, more than two million cars are expected to be built in Britain in 2015, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers – more than the 1.92million made in Britain’s car-making heyday in 1970.