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Archive for 21. September, 2011

2011/264: Italian Car Fest, Part 3 – Mini Cooper

Original 1974 Innocenti Mini Cooper 1300 Export
Finished in Blue Scuro and Bianco with period Mille Miglia wheels
2nd owner of car – imported from Switzerland in 2001

The well known iconic British Mini was manufactured from 1959 through 2001. During the years of manufacture, the Mini was built and marketed under different names, including Austin, Morris, British Leyland, and Rover. During a ten year span from 1965 and 1975, the Italian company Innocenti was given rights to the Mini name and designed and manufactured the Mini under the Innocenti name.
The total number of Inno Minis produced is uncertain, but it is estimated that 30,000 of the 1300 models were made. The main production plant was in Milan, and the 1300 Cooper, made from 1973-75, was more stylish and better equipped than previous models. It used a MKIV body shell, with a 1275 cc engine, front wheel drive, and a 4-speed rod change transmission which gave it 71 hp from the factory with top speed around 105 mph. It also had an upgraded interior with reclining seats, and opening quarter light windows. The 1300 model also has the multi gauge dash, as compared to previous and British models with center placed 3 gauge dash pods. All Innocenti Minis were built left hand drive for European markets, with a square number plate recess to fit Italian and most European plates, instead of the long rectangular British type.