On a mechanical level, the modern Mini has little in common with the 1959 original, but the spirit of being a small, economical vehicle is still a vital part of the model's existence. 

In the future, Mini will refresh its three- and five-door models. A new fully electric version is on the way, and an ultra-sporty John Cooper Works GP is on the horizon, too.

For the next generation, Mini allegedly plans to axe its three-door hatchback - a landmark move that would see the three-door Mini vanish for the first time since 2000.