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1959-1967 MINI Mk1 specifications


Alec Issigonis’ cheap small car for BMC was innovative with its front-wheel-drive and space-saving transverse engine layout but, more than that, it was incredibly entertaining to drive. The Mini had a personality that few small cars had displayed before, and it soon became a best-seller. The Austin version was initially called the Seven, but became the Mini in 1961. The 848cc A-series engine was used throughout the life of the MkI; one significant change was the adoption of Hydrolastic suspension in place of the original rubber cone type in 1964.

Production

  • Production:
    1,572,756
  • Price at launch:
    £537
  • Price (excellent)
    £4,250
  • Price (good):
    £3,250
  • Price (average):
    £1,750
  • Price (project):
    £850

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    27.1secs
  • Top speed:
    72.0mph
  • Power:
    34.0bhp
  • Torque:
    33.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    44.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, rubber springing medium (later Hydrolastic)
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, rubber springing medium (later Hydrolastic)
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    3048mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2038mm
  • Width:
    1397mm
  • Height:
    1346mm
  • Weight:
    626kgs

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