David Cameron has driven the two millionth Mini off the production line at Oxford, ten years after production there began. Over the last decade, one Mini has been made at the plant every 68 seconds.
The Prime Minister was in Oxford to congratulate workers on the milestone, and to get a tour of the new production line currently under construction, on which the third-generation BMW era Mini will be made.
More than 1.5 million of the cars knocked together at the plant have been sent overseas, making Mini a hugely important exporter for the UK; around £500m of additional investment to expand the facility has just been announced by BMW.
Talking from the driving seat of the two millionth car, a Cooper Convertible painted in White Silver metallic with a blue denim roof, Mr Cameron said: "It's a real privilege to drive this true British icon off the production line today.
"The two millionth Mini to be made here in Oxford is a fantastic symbol of the UK's strength in the global automotive industry and a great British manufacturing success story."
The car, which has a one-off white leather interior, is being offered as a prize in a Facebook competition. Mini will collect pictures of the faces of two million Mini fans and use them to build a Facebook wall. On September 30, one of those faces will be chosen at random to have it.
As an aside, Mini says that two million Minis stacked on top of each other would be 318 times the height of Mount Everest. Sadly, even Mini isn't kooky or cash rich enough to make that actually happen.