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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.

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11 responses

  1. Well there ya go…. You learn something new every day… When I saw the title “Italian Car Fest and Mini Cooper !!”… I thought WHAT !?!… lol… but you live and learn, and I never knew that… Thanks for the history lesson on a British icon.. lol… and a couple of real nice shots too… Love those tyres… 🙂

    21. September, 2011 at 04:17

    • Yep, when I saw this car, I pretty much thought the same thing. I was SURE that the Mini was British.
      Thanks, Brian.

      21. September, 2011 at 05:08

  2. They are adorable little cars. I can imagine (dream) of myself as a young urban hipster driving one with my sketch books and canvases in the rear seat.

    21. September, 2011 at 05:53

    • Yes, they ARE adorable, but just wait until you see what I have for tomorrow! 🙂

      21. September, 2011 at 05:56

  3. doreen3boys

    interesting……any idea what its worth?

    21. September, 2011 at 07:45

    • Nope, no clue. It was very well taken care of. The first time I was taking pictures of it, the owner even got out a big feather duster thing and dusted it off!

      21. September, 2011 at 07:52

  4. The MINIs are fascinating. Even the new ones. I ditched my 2006 Supercharged MINI coupe and bought the larger, 4-door Countryman twin-turbo because of my kids. I will hold on to it until my son needs a car, then…a John Cooper Works MINI coupe. Or maybe a convertible!

    BTW—-I love the blue in the car’s paint.

    21. September, 2011 at 18:41

    • You know, I love that the new minis don’t look all that different from the old ones.
      Your son will need a car before you know it…. 6 short years? (Go with the convertible! Although you might have to fight your son for it LOL)

      21. September, 2011 at 18:48

  5. He gets the Countryman. He is already planning on it. Only 5 years to go.

    22. September, 2011 at 08:03

    • He’s planning on it NOW, but who knows what he’ll want in 5 years! 😉

      22. September, 2011 at 08:05

  6. I always think of the movie “The Italian Job” when i see the Mini Cooper. 🙂

    22. September, 2011 at 15:09

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