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Birmingham-built 1959 Mini a favourite among car lovers

The 1959 Mini Credit: PA Wire

The original Mini, built in Longbridge in Birmingham, has been voted the best-ever British car in a survey of Autocar readers.

READ: Birmingham-built original Mini voted best British car

Mini facts:

  • Produced by British Motor Corporation in 1959

  • Created by Sir Alec Issigonis

  • First 'front-wheel-drive' car

  • New Mini launched in 2001

Source: TopSpeed

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Birmingham-built original Mini voted best British car

The Mini was first built in 1959 in Longbridge
The Mini was first built in 1959 in Longbridge Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The original Mini, built in Longbridge in Birmingham, has been voted the best-ever British car in a survey of Autocar readers.

Gaydon-based Aston Martin's DB5 came in 8th - a favourite with 007 James Bond.

Coventry-based Jaguar had two cars in the top 10 - the E-type which came 3rd and the XJ220 which was voted the 7th best.

A waxwork of Sir Sean Connery posing with an Aston martin DB5 from the film Goldfinger
A waxwork of Sir Sean Connery posing with an Aston martin DB5 from the film Goldfinger Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Autocar brand editor Chas Hallett said: "It's such an iconic vehicle and represents a lot more than the British car industry; the Mini is associated with Great Britain around the world and, in many ways, it was ahead of its time.

"Many a former owner will undoubtedly be wishing they had held on to theirs, as good examples are now worth tens of thousands of pounds."

Bournville college wins top award

Bournville college has won an award for its contribution to the community Credit: ITV News Central

A college has clinched a top award for its work to transform a Birmingham community and to help thousands of people to find future employment.

Bournville College was recognised at the recent Times Education Supplement Further Education Awards for its 'outstanding contribution to the local community' after investing £66m into the development of its new campus at Longbridge.

The college became the first organisation to relocate to the former car factory site as part of the area’s regeneration.

The new town centre is expected to provide 10,000 sustainable employment opportunities with the development of shops, restaurants and a public park.

Between 2012 and 2013, the college also successfully re-trained 6,000 local unemployed people - finding jobs for 70 per cent of them.

Former worker hopes £14m fine will go to Rover staff

The accountancy firm Deloitte has been fined a record £14million for persistent failings in its dealings with collapsed car manufacturer MG Rover.

The firm collapsed in 2005 with debts of £1.4billion. More than six thousand people lost their jobs. It had been bought by directors known as the Phoenix Four for a £10 five years earlier.

Now the financial industry watchdog has fined Deloitte and severely reprimanded the firm after ruling it did not spot conflicts of interest in its advice to MG Rover and directors who bought the company.

Former MG Rover worker Andrew Cartwright hopes there's some chance the money from the fine could go to some of the people who lost their jobs when the carmaker collapsed.

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Deloitte fined £14 million over MG Rover advice

Deloitte has been fined a record £14 million for failing to manage conflicts of interest in its advice to collapsed carmaker MG Rover Group Credit: PA Wire

Accountancy firm Deloitte has been fined a record £14 million for failing to manage conflicts of interest in its advice to collapsed British carmaker MG Rover Group.

The Financial Reporting Council, which brought the case against Deloitte, said an independent tribunal also backed the watchdog's call for a severe reprimand of the company.

The tribunal also agreed to a fine of £250,000 for Maghsoud Einollahi, a partner with Deloitte at the time. He has also been banned from the profession for three years.

Deloitte said disagrees with the tribunal's main conclusions

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Last Longbridge Mini sells for £1400 at auction

The last Mini to leave Longbridge Credit: Red Marlin PR

The last Mini to be made has sold at auction for £1400.

The Mini Clubman, found in tunnels beneath the former car factory, was sold under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions at the Silverstone racing circuit in Northamptonshire as part of their Classic Car, Motorcycle, Automobilia and Lifestyle sale.

The last original Mini rolled off the production line at the Longbridge plant in the West Midlands in October 2000.

Last Longbridge Mini goes up for auction

The car lay hidden in the tunnel for three decades
The car lay hidden in the tunnel for three decades Credit: Red Marlin PR

A Mini Clubman that lay hidden in the tunnels under the Longbridge factory for 30 years, making it the last Mini to leave the famous site, is being put up for auction today.

The iconic car was used to travel around the Sprawling plant
The iconic car was used to travel around the Sprawling plant Credit: Red Marlin PR

The iconic car was secretly dumped by workers in the late 1970s after suffering some damage, thought to be caused by a a storage container falling onto it.

The last Longbridge Mini is in need of major repairs
The last Longbridge Mini is in need of major repairs Credit: Red Marlin PR

Photos of the 'lost Mini' emerged and after much searching it was saved by a former factory worker who got permission to remove it in 2012 shortly before the tunnels were due to be filled in, making it the last ever Mini to leave Longbridge.

'The Longbridge Tunnel Mini' is being offered without reserve by Silverstone Auctions at its sale on Saturday 27th July at Silverstone circuit.

New MG3 to be displayed at Longbridge

Described as a "super mini" the new MG3 Credit: MG Motor UK

The new MG3 will be shown-off in the UK for the first time today at MG's factory in Birmingham.

The company are throwing open the doors of their newly extended design centre at Longbridge, which is where ideas for the MG3 and other new models are born.

This latest model will go on sale late summer 2013 priced at between £10,000-£15,000.

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