7 Great British inventions that changed the world

The world might not have shaken when these things were first invented, but these 7 Great British inventions have made a huge impact on our lives since their first conception. Many we can't imagine life without. From the television to the world wide web and everything in between...

THE MINI

Alec Issigonis, 1959

Mini Cooper, Great British Design

While the Americans were driving supersize Cadillacs, a post-Suez Britain famously went in the opposite direction and came up with a compact car that would become the epitome of cool the world over.

Alec Issigonis, a British citizen of Greek descent, was responsible for the dinky design and carved a niche for himself in motoring—and cultural—history with its launch in 1959 for the British Motor Corporation (BMC). The Mini’s success wasn’t overnight (many thought it “odd”), but it developed into a love affair with the British that’s never abated, helped by the fact that celebrities adored it. Everyone from Twiggy to George Best and all four Beatles drove one, Steve McQueen had a gold model, and then there was the memorable game: how many people can you fit into a Mini? (In the classic, it was 25.)

A symbol of the Swinging Sixties, it’s one of Britain’s biggest-selling cars.

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