Unusual Mini

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Unusual Mini

Post by Gasman » Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:10 pm

Here's a Mini I bought directly off BL Longbridge in the 1972/3 which was a styling/engineering exercise for a limited edition model (which didn't go into production) which I bought as a stop gap. When I bought it it was painted differently on each side! Unfortunately I never took any pictures of that. Even after ensuring the paint and colour scheme matched there is 'chrome' trim around the wheel arches and sill on the O/S but not the N/S.

It had a 1275 cc engine but single, albeit quite large, SU carb with BL ST gas-flowed head. It required 100 octane petrol. There were suspension changes as well but I can't remember what they were.

It was surprisingly quick and could easily live up to its boy-racer image; much quicker than a 1275GT. On a run, driving only as a young 20 yr old can it returned 45-50 mpg albeit unlike a wedge, relative silence and smoothness were not its strong points!

We had a few minis in the family and this was by a very long way the best. Great fun
As with so many things, a pity I didn't keep it!
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Re: Unusual Mini

Post by Boycie » Fri Feb 14, 2014 7:21 pm

So much more character than the modern interpretation!

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Re: Unusual Mini

Post by johnxng3s » Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:41 pm

Well you must have been seen in this mini what a mad colour match

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