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Issigonis

Sir Alec (Arnold Constantine). 1906--88, British car designer born in Smyrna. He is noted for his designs for the Morris Minor (1948) and the Mini (1959)
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"Just as Alec Issigonis' first car did in 1959, MINI has continued to push the boundaries, whilst keeping creative use of space, driving fun, style and individualisation at its core".
The father of the Mini, Alec Issigonis, was knighted in 1969 and the car forever linked with his name is now seen as one of the icons of the 1960s.
Created by legendary designer Sir Alec Issigonis, when the Mini first hit the road in 1959 it astounded everyone with its creative use of space.
With a list of winners dating back to 1906, the award recognises the best of British, its previous winners including the likes of Rolls-Royce in 1907 for its 40.5bhp engine, Dunlop in 1957 for work developing disc brakes and modern tyres, BMC and Alec Issigonis for the original Mini in 1959 and Jaguar in 2003 for its all-aluminium chassis.
Sir Alec Issigonis was the original mastermind behind the car that went on to become an icon of the 1960s.
Compared to Alec Issigonis's 1959 original, there is masses of space.
Moulton is the engineer who was at the side of Roy Fedden in wartime aeroengine development and of Alec Issigonis in the motor industry of the 1950s, when the hydrolastic suspension was born alongside and inside the Mini.
They were unveiled as MINI showed off two specials, called the Camden and Mayfair, which went into production as the famous little car created by Sir Alec Issigonis had its 50th birthday.
They feature different images of iconic designs by British designers, including: the Anglepoise lamp (George Carwardine), the Penguin Book cover (Edward Young), the K2 telephone kiosk (Sir Giles Gilbert Scott), the polypropylene chair (Robin Day), the London Underground map (Harry Beck), the Supermarine Spitfire (RJ Mitchell), the Routemaster bus (A M M Durrant), the Mini (Sir Alec Issigonis), the mini skirt (Mary Quant) and the Concorde aircraft (Aerospatiale-BAC).
Their handsome new 500 city car, due to hit UK showrooms next January, pays more than lip service to the delectable little Cinquecento of 1957, a miracle of modern automotive packaging that pre-dated Sir Alec Issigonis' Mini.
Sir Alec Issigonis, the Greek Cypriot designer of the Mini, created the Morris Minor in 1948 some 11 years before the Mini.
The last time I had so much fun simply driving at a car launch was in 1989, at the Mazda Miata's debut That's because the new Mini reprises Alec Issigonis' 1959-2000 original in the same way that the Miata celebrates Colin Chapman's first Lotus Elan.