MINI has announced a new 3-model line-up for the UK market, known as the Mini Classic range. It comprises Mini Seven, Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper Sport. These derivatives will be the final versions of a car which laid down the rules of small-car motoring 41 years ago. Mini Seven reflects the car’s heritage, being influenced by the original 1959 model while the Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper Sport further demonstrate Mini’s sportiness, agility and exciting driving abilities, says the company. In european and world markets, a further ‘luxury’ variant is offered called Mini Knightsbridge. Cars with Mini Classic VIN numbers are set to become collectors’ items as less than 4,000 UK models are scheduled for build before production ceases in July 2000. The strong demand will be further reinforced by spring finance offers such as 8.9% APR "Expressions" PCP with a minimum 5% deposit or 0% finance based on two years and a 40% deposit. The final car built is traditionally presented to the BMIHT museum in Gaydon.