CLASSIC cars spanning six decades of Oxford’s motoring history will make an appearance at a shopping centre this week.

A group of 10 Minis, ranging from a 1959 Mini Minor to the test car for the latest John Cooper Works model, will be displayed at Templars Square in Cowley from Sunday.

Organised by Cowley car enthusiast Tanya Field, the display will celebrate Oxford’s heritage in the car industry.

Ms Field has organised for a collection of cars to be displayed every year since 2014.

She said: “I’m delighted to be back in Templars Square Shopping Centre with a small but wide-ranging display of Minis and I look forward to hearing everyone’s Mini memories.”

On display until February 18, the exhibition includes a 1959 Mini Minor, 1968 MK2 Morris Cooper, 1969 Riley Elf and a 1969 Mini Clubman Estate.

Visitors will also see a 1971 MK3 Cooper S, decked out in the style of the film the Italian Job.

A centrepiece of the collection is the Mini John Cooper Works test car which has covered over 200,000 miles.

This is being loaned to Templars Square from the Cowley Mini Plant.

Spokesman for the plant, Steve Wrelton, said: “It’s wonderful to have such a fantastic collection of cars on display at Templars Square for people to see close up and personal.

“With vehicles from 1959 to 2016 this is a great celebration of Oxford’s motoring and manufacturing heritage.”

The exhibition is free to attend and members of public are invited to sit in the display cars, take photographs and take a look at various old photographs and brochures of Cowley and Cowley built cars.

From 10am to 4pm on Sunday and 8am until 6pm from Monday to Saturday, owners of the cars will be on hand to answer any questions about their pride and joys.

Owen Acland, centre manager at Templar Square Shopping Centre, said the exhibition was about celebrating the city’s car history.

He added: “Since opening our doors in 1965 we welcomed thousands of Cowley plant workers. The automotive industry is an important part of our heritage and we are delighted to bring the Minis to the forefront of the community. We hope shoppers enjoy this exclusive slice of car history.”

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