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Austin Mini Mk I
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Austin Mini Mk I. 1962–7 (prod. 436,200 for standard Austin Mini Mk I and Seven, 85,500 Countryman, 83,405 Cooper). 2-door saloon, 2-door estate (plus 2 rear doors). F/F, 848 cm³, 970, 997, 998, 1071, 1275 cm³ (I4 OHV). Renamed Austin Seven, as British buying public get caught up in Mini fever. Very much established as a space-efficient marvel, classless car. Cooper introduced before name change in September 1961 with larger 997 cm³ engine, 998 cm³ with shorter stroke in 1964. Cooper Ss with 970 (not well received, 1963–5), 1071 (1963–4) and 1275 cm³ units (1963–7)—respectable competition history, including 1964 Monte Carlo Rally, with S driven by Paddy Hopkirk. Replaced in October 1967 by Austin Mini Mk II. Morris versions almost indistinguishable, badging aside, but some differences for overseas markets.

Manufacturing location: Longbridge, Birmingham, West Midlands, England

Marque: Austin | Model: Austin Mini | Predecessor: Austin Seven (1959–61) | Successor: Austin Mini Mk II

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