Innocenti Mini 1000, 1973
Innocenti MINI 1000 'Export', year 1973. Colour crème white with a black leatherette interior. This rare Mini of the B38/6 type was imported from Italy where these cars were built from 1968 until 1975. The car is in good to very good original condition and before delivery four new tyres will be fitted. In 1968 the Innocenti Mini’s were exactly copies of their British counterparts. Over time Innocenti carried out several detail changes to the interior and the exterior making the car a bit more luxurious. This 1973 Innocenti features different head lamps (Carello) and chrome bezels, a different grille, ventilation quarter lights in the doors, a reverse driving lamp, the hood is being unlocked from the interior, a different boot-lid, a 1000 cc engine with 10% more power, more luxurious door panels, Veglia-Borletti dashboard gauges, different badges on the exterior etcetera. This Innocenti as a unique Mini and the car drives delightfully!
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The Morris Mini saw the light of day in the year 1959. The Mini was designed by Sir Alec Issigonis (who also designed the Morris Minor) and is considered to be one of the greatest concepts in motorcar history. The Mini is a front wheel drive car; that was not new those days, but the transverse-engine packaging was. The Mini is a very small car, only 305 cm. long (the VW Beetle is 100 cm. longer!), but the interior offers lots of space, enough for four persons, because of the clever concept. The Mini is equipped with a unique "hydrolastic" suspension and the Mini's wheels are located at the outer corners of the car giving the Mini tremendous road-holding; like a go-cart.
The Mini was an invention of Sir Alec Issigonis for Morris. Morris merged with BMC in 1962 and Mini became a marque of its own in 1969. The Mini was produced as a two- door saloon and as a two- door estate (Countryman/ Traveller).
Based on the two- door saloon John Cooper (formula 500, formula 3 and formula 1 racing-car constructor and a friend of Sir Alec Issigonis) tuned the Mini's engine which resulted in the birth of the famous Mini Cooper. The Mini Cooper combined a light-weight compact car, excellent road holding and a powerful engine. The combination of these factors resulted in a very competitive, "bomb-on-wheels", that was suitable for winning competitions...
The Mini Cooper has a great record of rally successes; it started with the victory in the Dutch "Tulpenrallye" with Pat Moss (Stirling Moss's sister) driving it. Many successes followed. The most remembered success was the victory in the Rallye of Monte Carlo with Paddy Hopkirk driving the "Works-Mini".
The Innocenti Minis were built under licence in Italy from 1968 until 1975.
Four cylinder in-line engine
cylinder capacity: 998 cc.
induction: 2 x S.U. HS 2
capacity: 55 bhp. at 5600 rpm.
top-speed: 150 km/h.
gearbox: 4-speed, manual
brakes: disc brakes at front drums at the rear
weight: 645 kg.