Innocenti

In 1960, BMC entered into a collaboration with Italian component and scooter manufacturer Innocenti, which saw the latter company produce BMC/BL-based models in Italy for the next 15 years.

Marques : Innocenti

Marques : Innocenti

In 1960, BMC entered into a collaboration with Italian component and scooter manufacturer Innocenti, which saw the latter company produce BMC/BL-based models in Italy for the next 15 years. This page presents a brief rundown of these models, plus a potted history of Innocenti. A potted history Viewed from the air, the Innocenti plant in […]

Mini overseas : Innocenti 90/120

Mini overseas : Innocenti 90/120

In 1974, Leyland’s Italian subsidiary Innocenti introduced a rebodied, three-door hatchback Mini, sytled by Bertone. However, within a year of its launch, BLMC went bankrupt and Innocenti was sold to de Tomaso. Prior to the launch of the Metro, the Innocenti was briefly available in the UK, and it continued to be sold as part […]

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Concepts and prototypes : Innocenti IM3/I4/I5 facelift

Concepts and prototypes : Innocenti IM3/I4/I5 facelift

Keith Adams It’s often been said that Innocenti had the unswerving knack of being able to take a BMC car and make it look just a little bit more appealing. The Austin A40 transformed by the Italians into the fully hatchbacked Combinata, and the already pretty 1100/1300 was tweaked to become the better-looking and more […]

Events : LEJoG in a Princess – day one

Events : LEJoG in a Princess – day one

Finally, our AROnline team’s adventure started officially when we were flagged off at Land’s End. Words and Photographs: Alexander Boucke Please excuse these grainy mobile phone pictures, but they are currently the only way I can show you the impression 13 ADO16s leave when lined up in front of the Land’s End hotel. The international […]

Gallery : Innocenti

Gallery : Innocenti

It’s often said that Innocenti’s Leyland-based cars were more appealing than the originals that bore them. Here’s a selection of images supplies by Julian Marsh that indicate that this may be the case. The Innocenti Regent, even, somehow managed to look better than the Austin Allegro. And yet, the Italians didn’t want it. What do […]

Innocenti Austin A40

Innocenti Austin A40

In 1959, Innocenti signed a deal with BMC that would see it become a car manufacturer for the first time. (Photo: Gaetano Zagra) WHEN BMC joined forces with Innocenti in the late 1950s, the first fruit of their union was the Innocenti A40. The car must almost have suggested itself for production in Italy: after […]

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In production : Innocenti

The Innocenti factory was a world class facility, as these pictures clearly show. In many ways, this Mini production line was more advanced than its progenitor back in Longbridge. Pictures kindly supplied by Henk Schuuring and Gaetano Zagra

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Mini overseas : 1970 Innocenti Mini-Minor

The 1970 Innocenti Mini-Minor; a name long since dropped in the UK… Thanks to Giovanni Marchisio for scanning and submitting the images on this page

Mini overseas : Innocenti Mini t

The Italian-built estate version of the Mini was called the Innocenti Mini t… Thanks to Graham Arnold for scanning and submitting the images on this page

The cars : Innocenti Regent

THE Italian Allegro, that it seemed, no one wanted… Short and not-so sweet THERE’S not much to say really about the Innocenti Regent. This version of the Allegro was produced in Italy under licence during 1974 and 1975, and lasted a scant 18 months in production. The Italians allegedly begged British Leyland to let it […]

BMC 1100/1300 : Italian variations

The first 1100-based Innocenti – the IM3 – was so-named as it was the third Innocenti-Morris joint venture, following the A40 and 950 Spider. It was launched as a Morris in the spring of 1963, and was joined the following year by a more basic, Austin-badged model. Production of the Morris models ended in 1970, […]

Car of the month : December 2007

For 2007′s final Car of The Month, we take a look at a rather special ADO16 – one you couldn’t buy an IM3 in the UK, but it is now seen as the ultimate collector’s item for anyone with 1100s in their blood… German BMC>MG enthusiast, Alexander Boucke, managed to secure a prime example to […]

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Archive : Workers occupy Milan factory after Leyland orders closure

Archive : Workers occupy Milan factory after Leyland orders closure

By Piero Valsecchi, Associated Press writer MILAN, Italy (AP) – Workers occupied a Milan auto factory Wednesday after the financially troubled parent company, British Leyland, decided to close the plant and liquidate its Italian subsiduary. The 4,500 workers at the Leyland – Innocenti plant, which made Mini Morris cars, took control at the beginning of […]

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Archive : Fresh reprieve for workers at Innocenti

Archive : Fresh reprieve for workers at Innocenti

From John Earle British Leyland has backed down from its ultimatum to close its Innocenti subsidiary, assembling Minis in Milan, unless it received a firm reply from the Italian government tonight on its plan to cut the labour force to 1,500. Mr David Andrews, managing director of Leyland International, said today that at a meeting […]

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Archive : Leyland firm hit by dynamite demo

Archive : Leyland firm hit by dynamite demo

DAILY EXPRESS By Robin Stafford Rome Thursday A stick of dynamite was hurled into the Rome showroom of the Leyland-Innocenti car firm today – just before talks with the Italian Government to try to save the money-losing subsidiary of British Leyland. It was the latest and most violent protest by Italian car workers threatened with […]

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Archive : Innocenti layoffs rota to replace dismissals

Archive : Innocenti layoffs rota to replace dismissals

From John Earle Rome, Aug 29 Leyland Innocenti today reached an agreement with the Italian metalworkers’ unions which overcomes for the immediate future a dispute about its plans to dismiss one-third of the labour force. Instead of the redundancies the workers will take it in turns until the end of December to be temporarily laid […]

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Archive : Innocenti workers strike over job cuts

Archive : Innocenti workers strike over job cuts

Workers at Leyland Innocenti’s plant near Milan today staged a half-day strike in protest against British Leyland’s decision to cut the labour force by a third, from 4,600 to about 3,000. A delegation of workers demonstrated before the Lombardy regional government’s seat in Milan. The metal workers trade union and the works council, in calling […]

Archive : Leyland-Innocenti reshuffle

Archive : Leyland-Innocenti reshuffle

Leyland-Innocenti, the Italian subsidiary of British Leyland, today re-affirmed its will to continue activities in Italy. A spokesman for the company, which employs 5,000 in Milan, making chiefly Minis, said Leyland-Innocenti planned to keep up production and even expand it for more competitive models on the domestic and foreign markets. Leyland-Innocenti, whose output exceeded 61,000 […]

Archive : That’s our baby, Italian style

Archive : That’s our baby, Italian style

DAILY EXPRESS By Leslie Nichol Britain, which gave the world the Mini, is almost certain to get another one, from Italy. At a time when everybody is demanding economical motoring, the Italians have produced an exciting new version of the masterpiece created 15 years ago by Sir Alec Issigonis. Marketed by Leyland Innocenti, British Leyand’s […]

Archive : Innocenti Mini 90/120 launched

Archive : Innocenti Mini 90/120 launched

INNOCENTI The Innocenti 90/120 hatchback Mini is announced. Link: Innocenti Mini

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