Las Vegas, NV, December 18, 1999
Mini fans the world over are celebrating that the little car has been voted the highest placed European car by 130 of the world’s leading journalists in the ‘Car of the Century’ awards at a glittering bash in Las Vegas.
Coming runner-up in the overall competition only to the grandfather of modern car manufacture – the Model T, Mini was recognized for the way the it changed the face of motoring with its radical transverse engine layout, astonishing packaging and remarkable handling.
Fred van der Vlught, Chairman of the Car of the Century organisation said, “There was stiff competition for the title and it was a close race indeed. We were not sure of the winner until one hour before the awards as the votes were still coming in. I am delighted that Mini has been acknowledged in this way. It is very worthy of its placing.”
This highest accolade caps Mini’s 40th birthday year in style and demonstrated that the best things really do come in small packages. Attending the event was Jack Daniels, Chief Engineer of the original design team. Mr Daniels, 87, said, “This is a tremendous tribute to the car, the very talented design team which created the car forty years ago and all those involved with it to this day.”