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Austin

Mini LHD, 1965

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Make
Austin
Manufacturer
British Motor Corporation Ltd.
Location Made
Longbridge
Accession Number
1980-4-5
Collection
BMIHT Vehicle Collection
Type
Car
Status
Permanent collection
Engine
4 cyl, 848 cc, 37 bhp
Fuel
Petrol
Top Speed
72 mph (116 km/h)
Body Style
Saloon
Price When New
not quoted
Materials
metal, rubber, plastics, glass, textiles
Dimensions
3200mm (l), 1448mm (w), 1372mm (h)
Location
Collections Centre

This sectioned car demonstrates what the Mini is all about - superb space utilisation, giving room for four passengers and their luggage in a car which is only ten feet. With the transverse engine, only 25% of the length of the car is allocated to the power unit, leaving 75% for the occupants.

The radiator is in the front arch, the suspension tucked away in subframes and the rear suspension does not intrude into the boot. The small wheels were almost as revolutionary as the car itself, a key element in reducing the dimensions of the car.

Also visible is Alex Moulton's Hydrolastic suspension, employing gas and fluid, giving a supple ride over the bumpiest roads.