– beautiful Leyland Innocenti Mini Cooper 1300
– from the year 1975, final year of Innocenti license production
– performance-enhanced engine with 51 kW (70 hp)
– unwarranted mileage of only 6,100 km (5-digit odometer)
– red-white exterior paint with black-grey velours interior
– original interior except for the steering wheel
– fully disassembled and elaborately restored, underbody painted
– upgraded suspension
– German registration documents, valid technical approval until 11/2021 and historic plates
– a small classic with a special charm
By creating the Mini, Alec Issigonis, who had also designed the successful Morris Minor, delivered not only his personal masterpiece, but gave the world one of the most iconic vehicles of all times. In 1959 when the “Austin Seven” was first presented, it was nothing short of revolutionary: A four-seater car measuring scarcely over 3 meters in length, with a transversely mounted, water-cooled four-cylinder engine and independent wheel suspension was unheard of. It doesn’t come as a surprise that the car was an instant success, and was sold – with confusingly numerous brand and model designations – around the world, with assembly plants in various European countries as well as in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. What is more surprising is the fact that the little car remained in production with fairly limited visual changes all the way to the year 2000, outliving the models which were supposed to be its successor. It needs to be mentioned that the Mini also had a hugely successful racing career, winning the Monte Carlo Rally three times. Unforgotten are the countless appearances of the cult car on TV, most notably by Rowan Atkinson as Mr Bean.
By the end of the 41-year long production run, a total of nearly 5.4 million cars had been built.