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World Cup of Cars: Uruguay vs. England

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World Cup of Cars: Uruguay vs. England

With both teams coming back from pretty devastating losses, the spotlight is on to see whether England or Uruguay will come out the victors. Both teams scored just one goal in each of their previous matches, although England’s 2-1 loss to Italy was slightly less in-your-face than Uruguay’s 3-1 loss to Costa Rica. The heat is on in this match to see who might advance to the knockout stages, but for now all we can do it pit two cars against each other for the hell of it. Because why not? So, without further ado, we give you the World Cup of Cars: Uruguay vs. England.

World Cup of Cars: Uruguay vs. England – NSU P6 (Uruguay)

Uruguay vs. England: NSU P6

Uruguay vs. England: NSU P6 (source: JasonVogel)

Today we’re going with the classics—which, for Uruguay, means the homegrown NSU P6. Never heard of it? Neither had we. This vehicle was produced in Uruguay from 1963 to 1971. There’s not much we can tell you about this vehicle, except that it’s just about the only vehicle ever built in the South American country. The NSU P6 was a utilitarian estate car, perfectly comfortable for families, and perfectly unexceptional. The car was based on the NSU Prinz 4, and had a 600cc engine (read—small and not powerful)—so, again, perfect for families who wanted to keep their little ones safe and sound.

World Cup of Cars: Uruguay vs. England – Classic Mini Cooper (England)

Uruguay vs. England: Classic Mini Cooper

Uruguay vs. England – Classic Mini Cooper

On the other side of the fence (and pond), we have the classic Mini Cooper. Nope, not that BMW-built thing—we mean the original, the real thing. Made by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) between 1959 and 2000, the Mini had its heyday in the 1960s but remained popular right until it was discontinued. The Mini was truly a tiny car, although that didn’t stop tall people from driving it (although we bet that wasn’t very comfortable). Over the years, Mini also made a van version, a pickup truck version, and a utility vehicle built for the British Army. When it comes to England cars, it doesn’t get more English than a classic Mini.

When you look at the two opponents, the winner is obvious. The original Mini is an icon of automobile history, and while the new BMW-built versions look more like “Maxis” when compared to the original Mini, it’s nice to know the legacy is continuing. Congratulations, England—now let’s see you kick some butt in today’s game!

Today’s Uruguay vs. England match starts at 3pm Eastern on ESPN.