BMW Has a Pokemon Mini Cooper (Pikachu!)

In the late 1950s, people faced a problem that many of us will face today.

Fuel prices rose in Britain at the time as a result of the Second Arab-Israeli War, leading to shortages and eventually to gasoline rationing. Many who desperately needed their car to commute to and from work couldn’t drive it (and this was decades before working from home was even a thought in anyone’s head).

With such a crisis approaching, many in business functions considered ways to alleviate people’s problems. One of them was Sir Leonard Lord, a titan in the British car industry. His idea was to build a small car that was highly fuel-efficient and could carry four people, a project that presented a whole host of new challenges for pioneering engineer Alec Issigonis – and yet he solved them.

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