Australian Morris 850

Anniversary of the younger generation

The ‘new’ MINI celebrates two decades in Australia

MARCH 3, 2022

850 and R50 – The first models of old and new.
850 and R50 – The first models of old and new.

On Saturday 2 March, 2002, the new generation of MINI was released in Australia as the R50 series.

Twenty years have now passed since the first cars drove out of showrooms, and the generation is increasingly being acknowledged as a future classic.

Launched more than 40 years apart, the 850 and R50 are very different cars, however they share the title of being the first models in Australia of their respectively generations.

This website has been dedicated to Australia’s first Mini, and a new partnering website has now been established for Australia’s first new MINI –

Visit the website to learn more about and support the R50 generation of MINI. More content will continually be added to grow the R50 story. Any questions or contributions are most appreciated via the contact page.

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Last updated 7 March 2022

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