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Mini Clubman (ADO26)
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Mini Clubman (ADO26). 1969–82 (prod. 275,583 saloon approx., 197,606 estate). 2-door saloon, 2-door estate (plus two rear doors). F/F, 998, 1098, 1275 cm³ (I4 OHV). Mini with ADO16 engine and bluff front end from the man who designed the Mk II Cortina. Marketed as a new, modern shape for the 1970s, but cheekiness and balance of original lost. Numerous improvements on old Mk II Minis, including wind-up windows, new dashboard and face-level ventilation, and two door mirrors (at least initially). Dry rubber suspension for saloon and estate in 1971, abandoning Hydrolastic. Automatic with 998 cm³ only. Australia (listed separately) and South Africa had distinctive Clubmans. Australian Morris Mini Clubman 1275 GT was officially a Clubman; not so with British model. Some export models had extra Austin badge on boot, so officially these were Austin Mini Clubmans; 998 cm³ models were sold on the Continent. Began to date rapidly in the 1970s as Renault 5, Fiat 127 and other rivals came on stream. Minor facelift in 1976 with cross-pattern grille. Saloon deleted 1980; estate continued to 1982.

Manufacturing locations: Longbridge, England; Cape Town, South Africa

Marque: Mini | Model: Mini Clubman | Predecessors: Austin Mini Mk II, Morris Mini Mk II | Successor: Austin Mini Metro

q.v. Morris Mini Clubman, Leyland Mini

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