Archive : Mini Clubman takes shape

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

On this day:

Somewhere in the bowels of BLMC a photograph is taken of hatchback Mini Clubman, part of the ADO20 programme.

ADO20 prototype takes shape in Longbridge
ADO20 prototype takes shape in Longbridge


Meanwhile the strike by 400 press shop operators and maintenance men has resulted in 4000 workers and 400 truck assembly workers at the British Leyland Corporation factory at Bathgate being laid off .

Strikers Halt A Car Factory

A car plant was brought to a standstill yesterday after a strike by inspectors. The inspectors, who are in charge of the production line, walked out of the British Leyland Motor Corporation factory at Cowley, Oxford, following a dispute over a merit award scheme.

As a result, 2,730 other workers were sent home. They are expected to report back for work today.

Keith Adams

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  1. It is curious why ADO20 did not benefit from the lessons learnt from the Barrel Car project, since they would have been better off getting rid of the external seams from the Mini Clubman hatchback prototype at both the front and rear had it reached production.

    Instead the Mini Clubman merely featured a new (albeit less aerodynamic) front-end paired with less powerful engines and no hatchback, causing it to be undeservedly maligned by some.

  2. I did see a picture of a Clubman Boot too but that was many years ago, also had something of the Marina about it.

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