Classic Cars: Mighty Mini

The original Morris Mini was the automotive mouse that roared its way through 1960s Britain, driven by Beatles John and Paul and bought by more fans than any car since the Ford Model T. It was barely 4 ft. high and 10 ft. long; American lovers of the Cadillac and Suburban never really got it. But now we're getting a second chance.

Hyped by a seductively surreptitious $35 million marketing campaign, a new version of the Mini hit U.S. showrooms last week with a base sticker price of $17,000 that echoes the spirit of the original (1960 price: $1,700). The new...

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