Watch MINI celebrate a double anniversary with The Italian Job tribute

Watch MINI celebrate a double anniversary with The Italian Job tribute
Watch MINI celebrate a double anniversary with The Italian Job tribute

MINI has celebrated two landmark anniversaries in the history of the world-famous badge with a special event at its Oxford plant.

Sixty years ago this year the first Mini rolled off the production line in Oxford and 50 years ago this month The Italian Job, in which the world-famous British car played a starring role, premiered in London.

The film made a star of the Mini and featured one of the most famous cinematic car chases of all time. (Picture: Paramount Pictures)

To mark both occasions, MINI staged a special screening of the film at its current Oxford facility for 300 workers, classic Mini owners and members of the film’s crew.

Quiz: How many cars of the 1970s can you name?

The film’s legendary chase sequence saw three Minis being pursued through the streets, shopping malls and even sewers of Turin by Italian police and the Mafia and is regularly voted among the best car chases in movie history.

Paul Swift stunt drivers recreated scenes from the film at the Oxford factory

In celebration of this, the Paul Swift stunt team recreated sections of the film for the guests ahead of the screening using replicas of the original cars.

The event also featured three of the actual supercars used in the film. A Jaguar E Type, Aston Martin DB4 Convertible and Lamborghini Miura were all be on display together. The Lamborghini is of particular note as it was presumed lost for decades, before being recently rediscovered and meticulously restored.

The screening of the film was also preceded by a special message from its star Michael Caine, who revealed that he learned to drive on set of the film.

He told guests: “I didn’t have a licence and I couldn’t drive. But we had such big areas for the Minis to move, you didn’t need a licence because they were closed to ordinary traffic. So for me it was incredible because I learned to drive on the movie.”

Michael Caine revealed that he learned to drive while shooting the film. (Picture: Paramount Pictures)

Among the guests at the event, which raised money for the Alzheimer’s Society The Italian Job Charity, were Oscar-winning producer Michael Deeley, actor Robert Powell and David Salamone, who was responsible for sourcing the cars for the film and also ended up on camera as Sir Michael Caine’s driver.

Drivers face penalty points for not wearing seat belts – here's how the new law works

Electric cars will be 'mainstream' by 2021 with number of models available set to triple

Young drivers could face night driving ban under government plans – here's how it would work

European car sales plunge for second year in a row after demand for diesel cars drops