Carole Nash
Content Writer
Published: 30th May 2017

When the Mini was created in 1959, it quickly became one of the most popular cars of all time. People loved the car’s design and how it handled on the road. Various models have been created over the years, such as the Clubman and Countryman. There’s also been a fair share of  designs that are surprising to say the least. From the Mini Shorty, to the Mini Wildgoose Camper, here are five quirky Minis.

Mini Riley Elf

Introduced in 1961, the Riley Elf was billed as a luxury version of the Mini. The car possessed a full-width dashboard and large boot that made it feel more lavish than an average Mini. The Elf also had an upright grille that made it different to previous models. Originally, the car would have been named Riley Imp but the name was already registered by Hillman.


Mini Moke

The Mini Moke was based on a Mini, sharing many of the same parts. Made between 1964 and 1993, the Moke began as a prototype for a light military vehicle. ‘Moke’ is an old word for donkey and the style of the car mirrors an American jeep. The Moke featured a 848cc transverse engine as well as similar wheels and gearbox to a standard Mini.  


Mini Wildgoose Camper

Created during the 1960s, the Wildgoose Camper was a motorhome designed for retired couples. The interior featured four seats, a double bed, table, cupboards and water carriers. Extra equipment was available such as extended wing mirrors and a hammock type bunk.

Mini Shorty

The Mini Shorty was made for those who had trouble parking a standard Mini. Made in 1963, the car sported a bright pink body that made it stand out even more. The Shorty has become a popular Mini modification. If you’re planning on building one you should know the DVLA classify the Shorty as a radically altered vehicle. You’ll have to get an IVA to re-register the vehicle and make sure it stays legal.

Mirror-Plated Mini

Back in 1999, London’s Design Museum marked the 40th anniversary of the Mini by having a celebrity design contest. David Bowie was one of the entrants and designed a mirror-plated Mini. The car is on proud display at the museum and serves as a reminder of Bowie’s creativity.

The Mini is a versatile vehicle that can be altered in a number of ways. As classic car insurance brokers, we offer policies that cover your Mini and make sure it’s protected.