Mini can recognize an icon when it sees one, and the Porsche 911 is one of the biggest icons in the automotive world. In celebration of the Porsche 911’s 50th anniversary, Mini held a photo shoot with a vintage 911, and its very own icon – the original Morris Mini-Minor.
Both the Porsche 911 and the Mini have their roots set in the 1950s. The Sir Alec Issigonis-designed Morris Mini-Minor (and Austin Seven) that made its debut in 1959 was a revolutionary new small car with a two-box shape, a transversely-mounted engine, and front-wheel drive. The Ferdinand Porsche-designed Porsche 911 can trace its roots back to the Porsche 356, which was replaced by the Porsche 901 prototype in 1963, and then by the 911 itself in 1964. Like the Mini, the 911’s drivetrain layout was unusual for the time (and still is 50 years on) with a rear-mounted flat-six engine driving the rear wheels.
Mini also makes the point that both classic cars have serious motorsport credentials: the Mini earned its stripes with success in the Monte Carlo Rally in 1963, 1964, 1965, and 1967, while the 911 is one of the most successful race cars ever built, with wins in everything from rallying to endurance road racing.