: Is the Mini British?
Jul 2nd, 2004, 10:59 PM
Just so long as teh electricals aren't Brittish.
Overall it looks like the Brittish think it is German, and RoW thik it is Brittish. Here in USA it is highly marketed as Brittish, and does not share dealerships with BMW. Interested in the view of the rest of Europe.
Jul 2nd, 2004, 11:13 PM
"Prince Phillip of Greece"-not a German then.
Not even Greek, it seems!!! :eek:
" Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, was born Prince of Greece and Denmark in Corfu on 10 June 1921; the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece. His paternal family is of Danish descent - Prince Andrew was the grandson of King Christian IX of Denmark. His mother was Princess Alice of Battenberg, the eldest child of Prince Louis of Battenberg and sister of Earl Mountbatten of Burma. Prince Louis became a naturalised British subject in 1868, joined the Royal Navy and rose to become an Admiral of the Fleet and First Sea Lord in 1914. During the First World War he changed the family name to Mountbatten and was created Marquess of Milford Haven. Prince Philip adopted the family name of Mountbatten when he became a naturalised British subject and renounced his Royal title in 1947.
Prince Louis married one of Queen Victoria's granddaughters. Thus, The Queen and Prince Philip both have Queen Victoria as a great-great-grandmother. They are also related through his father's side. His paternal grandfather, King George I of Greece, was Queen Alexandra's brother."
Looks like Prince Philip does have German blood, after all. My head spins from all the inter-marrying amongst the various royal families of Europe, looks like most of them have a German connection :p
Jul 3rd, 2004, 01:35 AM
Willy - That's probably why we modify the dickins out of them - to fulfill our need to tinker with British machinery. If it always starts, there's no much else to do but make it go faster and look better! :p :p :p
Jul 3rd, 2004, 02:12 AM
I just hope the blokes who put the finishing touches on my MCS don't skip out early for a few Guinness at the local pub and forget a few bits and pieces :eek:
Then again, I'd probably be down there for a quicky Bass when no one was looking :D
Jul 3rd, 2004, 02:43 AM
no contest. MINI is as British as Benny Hill :D :p
Jul 3rd, 2004, 02:53 AM
I thank BMW for keeping the marquee alive and doing well, in such a class form. It's name-brand heritage is one factor in it's remarkable success, especially in holding value--always a challenge in any marquee car. :)
Saw a $165K Bentley Conti GT up close the other day--perhaps the sleekest and sexiest car (and world's fastest 4 passenger production car: 198mph) I've ever witnessed, and like the MINI wings, the winged "B" still screams Brit heritage and history.
Yet I don't see it as a Volkswagen.... ;) Jimbo
Jul 3rd, 2004, 06:38 AM
I consider my MINI a British car. I guess its because its assembled in Oxford and all that. It has the benefit of German Engineering though, which is a good thing too :)
Jul 3rd, 2004, 06:46 AM
I agree with ScottyB, its a Brit. Where you are born is usually what you are called. For example, if both of your parents are from the U.K., and they come to America, lets say for a trip, and you are born here, you are an America Citizen and can vote in elections, even though you U.K. parents can not. Conceived in Germany with a British mother, born in Oxford, England, adopted and raise in America, ah who gives a da :bad: n, ITS ALL MINE! :D
Jul 3rd, 2004, 07:06 AM
thank BMW for keeping the marquee alive and doing well
Were the tent poles flagging then? ;) ;) :) :)
I think the Mini brand is British - marketed by a German company, though.