In a world of oversized SUVs and ginormous trucks, the Mini Cooper may seem like a toy car in comparison to these bigger vehicles. The British Motor Corporation introduced the Cooper in Britain in 1959. In 1968 British Leyland took over, but since 1986 the Rover group has been in control. Vintage Austin Mini Coopers are small cars, but they pack a punch for the era. The 1964 Cooper came equipped with a second fuel tank for extended trips and racing, and it had other upgrades straight from the factory. These upgrades included a vacuum-assisted brake booster and steel wheels, which were offset and widened. Should you have one of these powerhouse cars, you can find tires on eBay to replace a flat or to keep as a spare. Modern Coopers have just as much to offer as the older generation; however, the modern cars also offer better fuel consumption and are a little more intuitive when it comes to stability and performance control. While you may feel like a small fish on the highway, you can show the gas-guzzlers that they don't intimidate you.