Sports car projects : ADO70
The sporting Mini
ADO70 was conceived by Harry Webster as a fun car for the US market. However, the project foundered when the prototype met with an apathetic reaction by Leyland’s management, and the required funds were not forthcoming. Although generally known as the Michelotti Mini, it should be noted that it was built – rather than designed – by the Italian company.
Following its rejection as production proposition, the car was left to rot at Longbridge, before being rescued and restored. It now forms part of the Heritage Collection at Gaydon.