Mini – international variations

Around the World : Venezuela

Around the World : Venezuela

The Chilean BL operation was the first attempt to produce the Mini in South America, but by no means was it the last… Story told by Rodrigo Toledo. The ‘Brick’ moves to Venezuela… AT the time that BMC and British Leyland were building cars in Chile, Venezuela was, by far, the most developed country in […]

Minis overseas : Australian Mokes (2015 update)

Minis overseas : Australian Mokes (2015 update)

Once it became clear the Moke was never going to cut in in serious military use, its future seemed to be tied into sunnier climes…

Park Paget updates his original story of its Australian afterlife – this is the most detailed description you’ll find about these cars, anywhere…

Car of the Month : July 2015 – Matthias Boller’s Authi Mini 1275GT

Car of the Month : July 2015 – Matthias Boller’s Authi Mini 1275GT

Minis are undoubtedly one of the big successes of BMC>ARG. Here we have a rather special one, painstakingly restored to original condition as it left the Authi-factory in Spain. This was much more involved than the owner and restorer, Matthias Boller, thought it would be when he started. Due to his determination we are able […]

Mini overseas : South Africa

Mini overseas : South Africa

South Africa produced the Mini in an interesting variety of body combinations not seen elsewhere… Wolseley 1000 The Wolseley 1000 was South Africa’s first mix-and-match Mini, mating the glitzy Wolseley front end – complete with the obligatory illuminated grille badge – to the standard Mini bodyshell. Well, almost standard – as can be seen in […]

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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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Events : MINI’s centenary tour (updated 28 March)

Events : MINI’s centenary tour (updated 28 March)

MINI celebrated the Cowley centenary in style by touring of all of the European production sites that have built this iconic car over the years. These included Novo Mesto (Slovenia), the Italian city of Milan, the former production plant in Malta, the Portuguese town of Vendas Novas, Pamplona in Spain, Seneffe in Belgium, Amersfoort in […]

International variations : Canadian Minis

International variations : Canadian Minis

Heath Robinson strikes The Mini was an enduring success for British Motor Corporation and then British Leyland – and the sheer number of markets the Issigonis Brick was exported to proves that the car’s appeal was truly international. But being designed between 1956-’58 did begin to count against it as the years rolled by. Governments […]

Mini overseas : Venezuela

Mini overseas : Venezuela

Here’s a fascinating, and little-told Mini story. The Chilean BL operation was the first attempt to produce the Mini in South America, but by no means was it the last… Story told by Rodrigo Toledo. The ‘Brick’ moves to Venezuela… At the time that BMC and British Leyland were building cars in Chile, Venezuela was, […]

Mini overseas : 1970 Innocenti Mini-Minor

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

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

Mini overseas : Spain

Mini overseas : Spain

The Costa Mini… As well as ADO16s, Authi also produced their version of the Mini for local consumption. As with its larger brother, the aim was to achieve 100 per cent local content, and as a result, the Minis that rolled out of Pamplona were very interesting indeed. The easy route to component supply in […]