Mini Plant Oxford to celebrate 100 years
The big day for the celebrations will be March 28, which is 100 years to the day when the first Bullnose Morris Oxford rolled off the line.
Since 1913 tens of thousands of people – 26,000 at the peak in the 1950s and 60s - have worked on the site building more than 11m cars under brands including Austin Healey, MG, Wolseley, Riley, Austin, Mini, Vanden Plas, Princess, Triumph, Rover, Honda, Sterling, the founding marque Morris and more than two million MINIs since 2000.
The plant witnessed the first Mini to roll off the production line in 1959 and by 1968 602,817 Minis were built there with peak output at 94,889 cars during 1966/67.
In 1994 BMW acquired the plant as part of its buy-out of Rover Group. Since then the factory has built the Mini hatchback, Convertible, Clubman, Clubvan, Roadster and Coupe, 80 per cent of which are exported to more than 100 global markets. It is currently undergoing a major investment in preparation for the third generation of new Minis.
A centenary exhibition at the plant will incorporate stories and pictures from employees past and present. To share a story or photograph, Mini are asking people to contact firstname.lastname@example.org