The Mini, designed by Alexander Issigonis, was introduced in 1959. The car epitomises its era, hailed as the Swinging Sixties together with the Beatles, Stones, the Mini Skirt, Mary Quant and liberal attitudes. Its unique size and creative style captured the imagination of the World. The Cooper S is a sporting development, with the larger 1275cc 4-cylinder engine developing 75 hp and a top speed of 90 mph. The Mini Cooper won many races and rallies including the Monte Carlo beating larger and more powerful cars.