Hills TV Service Mini ~1965

Tom Newman

Frankston, Australia

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In 1960’s Hills TV had a fleet of Mini’s for their TV Division . I had the job , as Victorian Service Manager way back then , to drive the first Mini service van from Adelaide Head Office to Melbourne , I took this picture at the Sisters Rocks* when I took a short stop on the way .
From a 35mm Kodachrome Slide
The Mini was a small car that was produced by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) and its successors from 1959 until 2000. The original is considered an icon of the 1960s, and its space-saving front-wheel-drive layout that allowed 80% of the area of the car’s floor pan to be used for passengers and luggage influenced a generation of car-makers. The vehicle is in some ways considered the British equivalent to its German contemporary, the Volkswagen Beetle, which enjoyed similar popularity in North America. In 1999 the Mini was voted the second most influential car of the 20th Century, behind the Ford Model T.
This distinctive two-door car was designed for BMC by Sir Alec Issigonis. It was manufactured at the Longbridge and Cowley plants in England, the Victoria Park / Zetland BMC factory in Sydney, Australia, later also in Spain , Belgium, Chile, Italy Portugal, South Africa, Uruguay, Venezuela and Yugoslavia.
*The Sisters Rocks near Stawell Victoria, are huge granite tors named after the Levi sisters who with their father camped there in the early 19th century gold prospecting days.
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