Meccano Visionary Series – Sir Alec Issigonis
The Mini is considered an icon of 1960s British pop culture. Designed by Sir Alec Issigonis in response to a fuel shortage caused by the 1956 Suez Crisis, the Mini was revolutionary in design. Its unique design allowed for space-saving and fuel efficiency, influencing a generation of car makers. And for part of its design, you can thank Meccano.
Like many great inventors and engineers before him, Sir Alec Issigonis spent much of his childhood tinkering with Meccano sets. And while Meccano makes for an ideal toy, it can also serve much greater purposes -- like the design of the Mini. In fact, the versatility of Meccano as both an instructional toy and engineering design tool actually helped Sir Alec Issigonis design the Mini's sump gearbox.
Sir Alec Issigonis was a Meccano fan for most of his life; so much so, that British Leyland gave him a Meccano Grand De Luxe No. 10 set as a retirement present. Issigonis would go on to make a grandfather clock from it.
The varying Meccano sets allow for future engineers with a thirst for knowledge to explore their own ideas. And who knows, with Meccano's assortment ranging from automobiles to robotics sets, it's possibly your idea may be the next revolutionary invention.