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1906

Alex Issigonis born in Smyrna, Turkey.

1923

July

John Newton Cooper born.

1955

Alex Issigonis asked by Leonard Lord to go to work in the BMC design headquarters
as Chief Engineer.

1956

September

Nasser closes the Suez Canal, the main route for oil to the West. ìBubbleî
cars are born in response to scarce fuel.

1957

March

Leonard Lord, in reaction to the Bubble Cars, gives the OK for the Mini
project, code named ADO 15, and early on referred to as the Austin Newmarket.

1958

July

Leonard Lord takes a short drive in one of the Mini prototypes and gives
the OK for the car, saying he wants it in production in 12 months.

1959

March

The Morris Mini Minor later to be known as the first one built (621 AOK)
comes off the pre-production line.

May

Actual production starts.

August

Austin Seven and Morris Mini Minor in Basic and De-Luxe versions go on
sale, August 26th. Basic, 500UKP. De-Luxe (the most popular), 537UKP.
The Morris was available in Red, White, or Blue. The Austin in Red, Grey or
Blue. The De-Luxe versions had such extras as carpets instead of rubber mats,
passenger adjustable seat, opening rear side windows, bumper overriders, full
width wheel trims and a heater!

September

First works Mini in an international event driven by Marcus Chambers.
Viking Rally. YOP 663. 51st overall.

Misc.

19,749 produced.

1960

January


Van goes on sale. Longer by 9 5/8î. Wheelbase 4î longer. 6-gallon (UK)
fuel tank under the rear floor. Longer rear suspension trumpets, spare wheel
and battery behind the front seats under the leading edge of the load floor.
Passenger seat and rear view mirror were extra cost options!

April

First international class win for a works Mini: Don Morley on the Geneva
Rally, 618 AOG.

June

Australian assembled CKD Minis tested.

September/October

Countryman (Austin) and Traveller (Morris) Estate cars (with wood) go on
sale. Same long wheelbase and length as the Van. Unlike the Morris Minor
Traveller, the Minis wood was non-structural. Because of trim levels, the
Estates weighted over 120 pounds more than the Van and over 160 pounds more
than the saloon. Initially, the gas tank was located inside the car in roughly
the same position as a saloon tank (although it was of a different shape).

Misc.

116,677 produced. Total to date, 136,426.

1961

January

Pickup goes on sale. Longer than the Van by about 5/8î and using the same
long wheelbase. Weight 34 pounds more than the saloon and 8 less than the
Van.

Australian Mini production starts.

March

Australian Morris 850 goes on sale for $1,550AUS.

June

Austin 850 and Morris Mini Minor (Standard and de Luxe) are on sale in South
Africa. (The exact starting has not been determined at this time.)

July

997 Cooper shows itself at a press release.

September

Super version goes on sale. The same body and exterior specifications as
the soon-to-be-sold Mini Cooper; except, the grilles were unique to the model.
The power unit and brakes remained 850 Mini with the exception of the introduction
of the 16-blade fan.

October

997 Cooper goes on sale. By stroking the 848 and reducing the bore slightly,
997cc was achieved. The long stroke engine with a good cam, twin HS2 carbs,
and other modifications produced 62% more horsepower (55) than the 848. A
remote gear change was added and 7" disc brakes were fitted.

Riley Elf and Wolseley Hornet go on sale. Mechanically the same as the Austin/Morris.
Same wheelbase as the saloon. With the extended boot they were 8.5î longer
than the saloon and just shorter than the Van and Estates. Weight for the
Elf was 114 pounds more than the standard saloon with the Hornet a little
less. Extended boot and traditional Riley/Wolseley grille. Full width wood
dash in the Elf and center pod wood dash in the Hornet. Leather faced seats
(not on all cars). Different bumpers and exterior trim. Whitewall tires optional!

Misc.

157,059 produced. Total to date, 293,485.

1962

January

Austin Seven name changed to Austin Mini.

Austin 850 Countryman and Morris Mini Traveller go on sale in South Africa.

May

First outright international win for a works Mini: Pat Moss on the Tulip
Rally in a 997 Cooper, 737 ABL.

June

Austin/Morris Mini Cooper (997) go on sale in South Africa.

September

First overall, Baden-Baden Rally, Pat Moss, 737 ABL.

October

De-Luxe and Super models dropped. Replaced by Super De-Luxe. Generally
regarded as a step back from the Super model in trim level.

Countryman and Traveller offered for sale without wood.

Australian 997 goes on sale.

November

Riley Elf and Wolseley Hornet Mk I discontinued. Mk IIs go on sale. 998
engine. Twin-leading shoe brakes. Leather trim standard. Bumper overriders
standard. (Total production of Mk I: Elf, 3,522; Hornet, 3,166)

Misc.

John Love wins the British Saloon Car Championship driving for the Cooper
Car Company.

216,087 produced. Total to date, 509,572.

1963

January

The Austin versions show up in South African sales literature as Austin
Minis and no longer as Austin 850s. Also, the de Luxe name is replaced by
Super.

March

The Cooper S goes on sale in 1071cc form. Horsepower from the first of
the big bore engines was up from the Coopers 55 to 70. The engine was strengthened
in a number of ways and the brakes (with servo) went to 7.5" diameter. Optional
wheels at 4.5" wide were offered. Externally, there were very few clues to
differentiate the new Cooper S from the Cooper.

Misc.

Rob Slotemaker wins the 1300cc class in the European Championship driving
for Downton Engineering.

236,713 produced. Total to date, 746,285.

1964

January

997 Cooper replaced by 998 version. (Total 997 Cooper production: approx
24,900 split evenly between Austin and Morris.) The 998cc engine is a performance
version of the engine first introduced in the Mk II Elf and Hornet. Brakes
are improved over the 997, but, at 7” diameter, are not as good as the Cooper S.

Mini Moke production starts at Longbridge. One can have any color one wants
as long as it is Spruce Green. Same mechanicals and wheelbase as the saloon.
ºî shorter. Supplied with driverís seat. Other seats, optional, as were side
screens and a heater.

Australian 997 replaced with the 998. (Early in the year.) (Total 997
production: approx. 2,800)

Hopkirk wins the Monte Carlo Rally in a 1071 Cooper S, 33 EJB.

February

Australian Van introduced.

March

970 and 1275 Cooper S go on sale. The 1275 was introduced just before the
970. With its 76bhp it was almost twice as fast to 60 mph as the Cooper and
could reach 100 mph with a little tail wind. The 970 was down a bit on horsepower
(65) and a lot down on torque but was a very smooth, high revving engine.

April

Makinen wins the Tulip Rally in a 1275, AJB 66B.

July

The Mini Cooper S (1071) goes on sale in South Africa. Note: the Cooper
S versions of the Minis were not produced in South Africa but were CKD from
England and assembled in South Africa. Minor changes in specification from
the English cars were incorporated during assembly.

August

1071 Cooper S dropped. (Total production: approx. Austin, 2,100; Morris,
1,500)

September

Clutch changed to diaphragm spring.

Hydrolastic suspension starts (saloons only). It was not fitted to other
models during Mini production.

Twin leading shoe brakes start on Austin/Morris as previously introduced
on the Mk II Elf and Hornet.

Misc.

Australian 998 Cooper production ends. (Probably, December) (Total production:
approx. 1,100)

Issigonis elected a Royal Designer for Industry and awarded the CBE.

Warwick Banks takes 1st overall and 1st in the 1000cc
class in the European Championship driving for Tyrrell.

John Fitzpatrick takes 1st in the 1300cc class in the British
Saloon Car Championship driving for the Cooper Car Company.

The Austin/Morris Panel Van shows up in the sales literature. Start date
unknown.

244,359 produced. Total to date, 990,644.

1965

January

Makinen wins the Monte Carlo Rally in AJB 44B. Considered one of the greatest
rally drives ever.

March

Australian Mini Deluxe (998) introduced.

Hopkirk wins the Circuit of Ireland in CRX 89B.

May

Australian Van production changes to roll-up windows.

June

Australian Minis get roll-up windows in more models.

Aaltonen wins the Geneva Rally in EBL 55C.

July

Aaltonen wins the Czech Rally in EJB 55C.

Aaltonen wins the Polish Rally in CRX 89B.

August

Makinen wins the 1000 Lakes Rally in AJB 33B.

September

Australian Cooper S Mk I 1275 goes on sale for $2,280AUS including tax.
Roll-up, quarter light windows and exterior hinged doors.

October

Automatic gearbox introduced.

Australian Minis get roll-up windows across the line.

Aaltonen wins the Munich-Vienna-Budapest Rally in CRX 89B.

November

Reclining seat option offered on Cooper and Cooper S.

The Italian-built Innocenti Mini 850 introduced.

Aaltonen wins the RAC Rally in DJB 93B.

The South African Mini 1000 is announced with the 998 and hydrolastic suspension.

Misc.

Aaltonen wins the European Rally Championship.

John Rhodes wins the 1300cc class in the British Saloon Car Championship
driving for the Cooper Car Company.

Warwick Banks takes 1st in the 1000cc class in the British Saloon
Car Championship driving for the Cooper Car Company.

The Mini Cooper S (1275) goes on sale in South Africa (probably October).

221,074 produced. Total to date, 1,211,718.

1966

January

Oil cooler and twin tanks made standard on Cooper S.

Makinen, Aaltonen, and Hopkirk take 1st, 2nd, and
3rd at the Monte Carlo Rally before being disqualified on a non-performance
related technicality. GRX 555D, GRX 55D and GRX5D.

February

Moke Mk I goes on sale in Australia.

March

Innocenti Mini Cooper (998cc) available.

April

ìHarderî hydrolastic units start in Cooper S.

Fall wins the Circuit of Ireland in DJB 92B.

Aaltonen wins the Tulip Rally in GRX 310D.

May

Hopkirk wins the Austrian Alpine Rally in DJB 93B.

June

Fall wins the Scottish Rally in DJB 93B.

July

Aaltonen wins the Czech Rally in JBL 494D.

August

Fall wins the Polish Rally in GRX 309D in 970 S form.

Makinen wins the 1000 Lakes Rally in JBL 493D.

October

Riley Elf and Wolseley Hornet Mk II discontinued. Mk IIIs go on sale. Roll-up
windows. Flow through ventilation. Cooper-type remote shift. Over time the
Elf/Hornet adopt more standard Mini Mk II characteristics but retain the small
rear window. (Total production of Mk II: Elf, 17,816; Hornet, 16,785)

Makinen wins the Munich-Vienna-Budapest Rally in HJB 656D.

Misc.

Mokes available in white instead of just Spruce Green. (Mid-1966)

John Rhodes wins the 1300cc class in the British Saloon Car Championship
driving for the Cooper Car Company.

213,694 produced. Total to date, 1,425,412.

1967

January

Aaltonen wins the Monte Carlo Rally in LBL 6D.

March

Hopkirk wins the Circuit of Ireland in GRX 5D.

Hopkirk is 1st in Class in the Sebring 3 Hour Race in GRX 309D.

May

Hopkirk wins the Acropolis Rally in LRX 830E.

June

Fall wins the Geneva Rally in LRX 827E.

August

Makinen wins the 1000 Lakes Rally in GRX 195D.

Fall, Vernaeve, and Hedges take 1st in class at the 84 Hour
Marathon.

September

Hopkirk wins the Alpine Rally in LRX 827E.

The Wolseley 1000 goes on sale in South Africa. Powered by the 998, it
combined the standard saloon rear with the Hornet front.

October

Mk I Austin/Morris saloon models discontinued. Mk II models go on sale.
Super De-Luxe saloon starts with 998cc. (Total production: Morris Mk I 850
saloon, approx. 510,000; Austin Mk I 850 saloon, approx. 435,500; Austin Mk
I 998 Cooper, approx. 18,000; Morris Mk I 998 Cooper, approx. 23,500; Austin
Cooper S 1275, approx. 6,400, Morris Cooper S 1275, approx. 8,200)

Austin Countryman and Morris Traveller Mk I discontinued. Mk IIs start
(with and without wood) with 998cc engine. (Total production Mk I: Austin,
approx. 85,500; Morris, approx. 75,500)

998 offered as an option on Van and Pickup.

Mokes adopt some of the MK II features; although, they were not sold under
a Mk II name.

Authi 1275C available.

Australian Mini becomes available with 998.

Misc.

Automatic transmission finally available on the Elf/Hornet.

John Rhodes wins the 1300cc class in the British Saloon Car Championship
driving for the Cooper Car Company.

237,227 produced. Total to date, 1,662,639.

1968

January

Australian Mini Deluxe Auto Mark I launched.

Although taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in class
and winning the Manufacturersí Team Prize, the Monte Carlo win streak is ended.
The Minis were 3rd, 4th, and 5th overall.
ORX 7F, ORX 707F, ORX 777F.

March

Innocenti Mini Cooper (Mk I) production stops. (Total production: approx.
6,500 ñ 8,500)

Running changes made to the Innocenti Mini Cooper to upgrade the Mk I to
Mk II (March ñ September) (Total production: approx. 2,500)

August

All synchro gearbox starts.

Australian Mini Deluxe Auto Mark I productions stops.

September

Australian Mini Deluxe Auto Mk II introduced.

Innocenti Mini Cooper Mk II available.

October

Moke production in England stops. (Total English production: 14,518; Austin
5,422; Morris, 9,096)

Misc.

John Rhodes wins the 1300cc class in the British Saloon Car Championship
driving for the Cooper Car Company.

John Rhodes takes 1st in the 1300cc class in the European Championship
driving for the Cooper Car Company.

Gordon Spice takes 1st in the 1000cc class in the British Saloon
Car Championship driving for Arden.

John Handley takes 1st overall and 1st in the 1000cc
class in the European Championship driving for British Vita.

The Austin and Morris Mini 1000 Mk. 2 go on sale in South Africa. (Probably
November.) The exterior is much like the English Mk II with the changed grille,
etc. There are four models: Mini 1000, Mini 1000 de Luxe (with a remote gear
shift and vent-wing wind up windows), the Mini 1000 S, and the Mini 1000
Station Wagon.

246,066 produced. Total to date, 1,908,705.

1969

January

All synchro gearbox available on the Innocenti Mini Cooper Mk II.

All synchro gearbox available on the Australian Cooper S Mk I.

March

Australian Mini Deluxe Mark I production stops. Australian Mini Deluxe Mark
II K (known as the Mini K) was shown. $1,780AUS.(with 1098)

April

Austin 1000S (Standard) and 1000E (Especial) introduced.

Australian Cooper S Mk I production stops. (Total production: approx. 5,000)

Australian Moke gets the 1098 and 13" wheels.

May

Australian Moke Mk II in production.

Australian Mk II Cooper S introduced at $2,385AUS.

July

British Leyland buys 51% of Authi.

August

Riley Elf and Wolseley Hornet discontinued. (Total production: Elf, 30,912;
Hornet 28,455; Mk III Elf, 9,574; Mk III Hornet, 8,504)

The
South African Wolseley 1000 is discontinued. Approximately 450 were produced.

September

Hopkirk takes 1st in class at the Tour de France in OBL 45F.

October

Mk II models discontinued. Mk III models go on sale, badged as Mini rather
than Austin and Morris (in most markets). ADO 20, with roll-up windows and
negative earth. (Total production: Austin Mk II 850/1000 saloon 154,000; Morris
Mk II 850/1000 saloon, 206,000; Austin Cooper S Mk II, 2,400; Morris Cooper
S Mk II, 5,300; Austin Van from the start of production, approx. 174,500;
Morris Van from the start of production, approx. 155,000; Austin Pick-up from
the start of production, approx. 18,000, Morris Pick-up from the start of
production, approx. 13,500)

Mk II Super De-Luxe Saloon replaced by Mini 1000.

Mk II Countryman and Traveller discontinued. (Total Mk II production: Austin,
22,500; Morris, approx. 23,500)

Clubman Saloon and Estate start. Both feature the ìsquare noseî look. The
Estate is not available with wood sides but has a fake wood decal running
the length of the car.

1275 GT starts.

Hydrolastic dropped on all but Cooper S and 1275GT.

Rhodes and Handley are 1st and 2nd at the Salzburgring
in LBL 666D and LRX 827E.

November

Mini Cooper discontinued. (Total 997 & 998 Cooper production: approx. 100,100.
Total 998 Mk II Cooper production: Austin, 9,900; Morris, 21,800)

Misc.

Issigonis awarded Knighthood for services to automotive engineering.

Alex Poole takes 1st overall and 1st in the 1000cc
class in the British Saloon Car Championship driving for Arden.

The Mini 1000 Mk 3 goes on sale in South Africa. This car features the
round nose style of the English Mk III but has the tail of the Elf and Hornet.

254,957 produced. Total to date, 2,163,662.

1970

February

Innocenti Mini Cooper Mk II production stops. (Total production unknown.)

Innocenti Mini Cooper Mk III available.

Authi 850cc model available.

November

Innocenti Mini Cooper gets opening quarter light door windows.

Misc.

The last works Mini drive; Brian Culcheth, 4th overall on the
1970 Rally of the Hills in Australia driving RJB 327F.

278,905 produced. Total to date, 2,442,567.

1971

January

Authi 1275GT introduced (used standard body shell, not clubman like the
English 1275GT)

June

Hydrolastic dropped from 1275GT.

July

Cooper S discontinued. (Total production: 45,442. Mk III, 1,600 plus approx.
18,000 CKDs shipped abroad)

Australian Cooper S Mk II production stops. (Total Mk II production: approx.
2,400)

August

Australian Clubman 1100 and GT sales start.

Misc.

Australian Moke Californian goes on sale.

Issigonis retires. Continues on as a consultant.

318,475 produced. Total to date, 2,761,042.

1972

January

Innocenti Mini Cooper Mk III production stops. (Total production unknown.)

February

Innocenti Mini Cooper 1300 in production.

April

Australian Minis named Leyland Minis.

May

British Leyland buys the motor vehicle portion of Innocenti.

October

Austin Mini Cooper 1300 available.

Misc.

British Leyland Motor Corporation buys the remaining shares in Austin. (pre-October)

306,937 produced -- highest one-year production total. Total to date, 3,067,979.

1973

January

Alternator becomes standard.

Rod change boxes start.

March

Innocenti Mini Cooper 1300 production stops. (Total production unknown.)

Innocenti Mini Cooper 1300 Export announced. Some similarities to ìMk IVî
English cars. Also built at Seneffe in Belgium.

April

Australian Mini S goes on sale.

Inboard CV joints start.

July

The Austin Mini 1275 GTS goes on sale in South Africa. It looks much like
the English 1275GT having the Clubman body but underneath is very much like
a Cooper S in specification and performance.

Misc.

295,186 produced. Total to date, 3,363,165.

1974

255,336 produced. Total to date, 3,618,501.

1975

September

Australian Minis revert to 998.

October

Standard engine on the Clubman changes from 998 to 1098.

Misc.

Innocenti Mini Cooper 1300 Export production ceases. (ìEarlyî in the year.)

Authi Mini Cooper 1300 production stops. (ìEndî of the year) (Total production:
approx. 5,000)

The South African Mini range adds a standard HS4 to the Mini de Luxe and
the GTS converts to 12î wheels and bigger brakes (probably in June). The range
also includes the Mini Clubman.

200,293 produced. Total to date, 3,818,794

1976

January

Mini 1000 special, Limited edition goes on sale. (Total production: approx.
3,000.) ìCosmetically enhancedî Mini 1000. Special paint and interior. Reclining
seats.

May

Rubber mounted subframe starts.

Misc.

Australian Mini SS introduced at the Sydney Motor Show. Eventually went
on sale for $3,895AUS.

203,575 produced. Total to date, 4,022,369.

1977

March

Australian Mini LS (998) goes on sale for $4,495AUS.

October

Australian Mini Sunshine goes on sale for $4,395AUS.

Misc.

Three standard Minis make up the 1977 range of Minis in South Africa: Mini
de Luxe (the base Mini offered and still in round nose form), the Mini Clubman
and the GTS.

The Sunshine Mini is announced by Leyland South Africa (probably January
1977). The car is a dolled up Mini 1100 de Luxe (round nose form) in Dolomite
Yellow with appropriate decals and features a soft folding type sunroof.

The Moonlight Mini is announced by Leyland South Africa (probably August).
This is another dolled up version of the Mini 1100 de Luxe (round nose form)
featuring a soft folding type sunroof Zircon Blue metallic paint and appropriate
decals.

214,134 produced. Total to date, 4,236,503.

1978

August

Australian Mini LS (1275) goes on sale.

October

Australian Mini production ceases; except for Mokes. (Total production:
176,284, excluding Mokes.)

December

Van and Pickup badged as Mini 95.

Misc.


The Mini Vanden Plas is announced by Leyland South Africa (probably August).
This is another version of the Mini 1100 de Luxe (round nose form) and was
called the most luxuriously equipped Mini ever seen in South Africa. Official
brochures stated, ìSuch features as cashmere pure wool upholstery, a French
polish walnut fascia dashboard, folding sun roof, tinted and shaded windscreen
and tinted glass on all windows, leather-bound steering wheel, bronze metallic
paintwork, mahogany pile carpeting and many more, make the Mini Vanden Plas
an exquisite saloon car.î

196,799 produced. Total to date, 4,433,302.

1979

August

1100 Special limited edition goes on sale at 3,300UKP. (ì20th
Anniversaryî edition.) (Total production: approx. 5,100.) 45bhp 1098 engine.
Choice of two special paint colors. Vinyl roof. 165x70 tires on 5î rims. Clubman
bumpers, etc.

October

Mini 1000 called Super.

Misc.

165,502 produced. Total to date, 4,598,804.

1980

August

Clubman discontinued. (Total production: Saloon, 331,675; Estate, 176,688.)

1275 GT discontinued. (Total production: 117,949.)

September

Mini 1000 City starts.

October

Mini 1000 Super changed to HL.

November

848 option dropped on Pickup.

Misc.

Australian Moke changes to galvanized body panels, among other things.

The Mini 1275E (with the Clubman body and 1275 engine) is announced by
Leyland South Africa (probably August). (It is unclear whether the car is
going back into production after being out of the market or if it is just
the Clubman style being reintroduced with the larger engine.)

150,067 produced. Total to date, 4,748,871.

1981

Australian Moke production stops. (Total production: approx. 26,200)

69,986 produced. Total to date, 4,818,857.

1982

April

City changed to City E.

HL changed to HLE.

October

HLE changed to Mayfair.

December

Van and Pickup discontinued. (Total production: Van, approx. 520,000; Pickup,
58,000; 850 Van 1970 to end, approx. 94,899; 1000 Van 1970 to end, approx.
82,356; 850 Pick-up 1970 to end, approx. 12,130; 1000 Pick-up 1970 to end,
approx. 15,397.)

Misc.

The Mini Rebel is announced by Leyland South Africa (probably October).
This is a dolled up 1275E with a flip up sunroof, appropriate decals, special
wheels and a few other additions.

56,297 produced. Total to
date, 4,875,154.

1983

October

Mini Sprite limited edition starts at 3,334UKP. (Total production: approx.
2,500.) Special paint and stripes. Wheels and tires like the 1100 special.
Different interior.

September

The South African Mini Panda goes on sale. Alpine White paint, Panda decal,
white wheel covers, radio/tape combination, twin rear-mounted speakers, rear-mounted
telescopic aerial, window air deflectors, twin spotlamps, synthetic sheepskin
seat covers front and rear, leather gearknob and rubber floor mats front and
rear.

October

The final South African built Mini, a 1275E, rolls off the assembly line
at Blackheath. Total production is quoted at 77,686. It is believed that this
number includes the CKDs assembled in the early years.

Misc.

Moke production starts in
Portugal with basic Australian specification.

49,956 produced. Total to
date, 4,925,110.

1984

June

25th Anniversary limited edition starts at 3,865UKP. (Total
production: approx. 5,000.) Silver with red accents inside and out. Lots of
ì25î decals. Leather steering wheel. Radio/cassette. Most notably: 12î wheels
and 8.4î disc brakes, soon to become standard on all Minis.

Misc.

35,036 produced. Total to date, 4,960,146.

1985

June

Ritz limited edition starts 3,798UKP. (Total production: approx. 3,725.)
Silver outside with Ritz decals. Accented with Nimbus Grey. Multicolored interior.
In other words, a Mini City with some fancy paint and decals ñ a similar theme
to many of the limited editions and specials.

Misc.

34,974 produced. Total to date, 4,995,120.

1986

January

Chelsea limited edition starts at 3,898UKP. (Total production: approx.
1,500.) A City E painted Targa Red with decals.

June

Piccadilly limited edition starts at 3,928UKP. (Total production: approx.
2,500.) A City E in Cashmere Gold. Dark velvet interior. Full width wheel
trims in plastic.

Misc.

Moke changes introduced, including going to 12” wheels.

33,740 produced. Total to
date, 5,028,860.

1987

February

Park Lane limited edition
starts at 4,194UKP. (Total production: 4,000.) Black exterior with bigger
decals.

May

Advantage limited edition starts 4,286UKP. (Total production: 4,675.) City
E in Diamond White with tennis motif decals.

Misc.

32,717 produced. Total to date, 5,061,577.

1988

February

Red Hot and Jet Black limited editions start at 4,382UKP. (Total production:
approx. 6,000.) Red or Black. Tinted windows. Decals.

June

Designer limited edition starts at 4,654UKP. (Total production: approx.
2,000.) Black or white. Tied in with designer Mary Quant with daisy motif
and her signature on the seats.

October

Servo standard on all models.

Alex Issigonis dies at the age of 81.

Misc.

36,554 produced. Total to date, 5,065,131.

1989

February

Sky, Rose, Racing and Flame special editions start. (Total production:
Sky/Rose, approx. 1,100; Racing/Flame, approx. 2,000.)

June

Mini 30 (30th Anniversary) special edition starts. (Total production:
approx. 3,000.)

Misc.

Moke production in Portugal stopped. (Mid-1989)

ERA Turbo introduced. (Total production: 435 of which 58 were built from
existing Minis.)

40,998 produced. Total to date, 5,139,129.

1990

February

Flame Red and Racing Green special editions start. (Total Production with
Checkmate, approx. 2,500.)

Checkmate special edition starts. (Total production with Flame and Racing,
approx. 2,500.)

June

Studio 2 special edition starts. (Total production: approx. 2,000.)

July

RSP Rover Mini Cooper goes on sale. (Total production: approx 1,650 with
650 of them going to Japan.)

September

Rover Mini Cooper goes on sale.

Misc.

Moke production rights sold to Cagiva (an Italian company).

46,045 produced. Total to date, 5,185,174.

1991

February

Neon special edition starts. (Total production: approx. 1,500.)

June

75 Lamm Cabriolets built in Germany and completed by Rover in Cowley for
UK sale.

December

The Mini Cord is reborn in Venezuela. The fiberglass-bodied Mini is built
in two models, both with 998cc engines. (A 1275 was never produced.) SB was
the standard version with cloth interior trim and steel wheels. (Although
versions exported to Colombia all had Minilite style GB wheels.) DB was the
deluxe version and had air conditioning, leather interior, center console
with a tachometer, chrome bumpers, spotlights and GB wheels. In December,
113 were made.

Misc.

Moke production starts, again, in Portugal under Cagiva.

35,070 produced. Total to date, 5,220,244.

1992

May

998cc engine replaced by 1.3.

City replaced by 1.3 Sprite.

June

British Open Classic special edition goes on sale. (Total production: approx.
1,000.)

October

The Italian Job special edition goes on sale. (Total production: approx.
1,750.)

Misc.

A total of 768 Mini Cords were produced for the Colombian, Venezuelan, and
Antilles markets ñ the best year of production. Colombia received 164.

26,197 produced. Total to date, 5,246,441.

1993

April

European specification British Open Classic goes on sale.

May

Mini Rio goes on sale. (Total production: approx. 750.)

June

Rover built Cabriolet goes on sale.

September

Mini Tahiti goes on sale. (Total production: approx. 500.)

Misc.

Moke production under Cagiva in Portugal stops. (Early 1993)

Minor changes were made to both the SB and DB Mini Cord models; e.g., interior
trim, mirrors and the bonnet emblem. Production was 391. Only 62 units were
exported to Colombia and the Colombian dealer, Mini City, ceased to function.

20,468 produced. Total to date, 5,266,909.

1994

May

UK version of the Mini 35 goes on sale. (Production for the British market
totaled 200.) European and Japanese versions to follow.

July

Mini Cooper Monte Carlo special edition goes on sale.

Misc.

Mini Cord production shut down for a time and restarted with two special,
convertible prototypes built. They didnít go into production. Instead, a John
Cooper model is started, still with the 998cc engine. It had 13î Revolution
wheels and leather interior, among other changes. All were scheduled to be
silver, but some were special ordered in other colors. Only 24 cars were built
of all versions in 1994.

1995

May

Sidewalk goes on sale. (Total production: approx. 1,000.)

Misc.

The Mini Cord goes out of production after only 15 units being built in
1995. Total production is just over 1300.

1996

April

Equinox goes on sale.

October

Cabriolet discontinued.

Twin point injection introduced with crank triggered ignition (no distributor),
front mounted radiator. 2,7 final drive. Wooden dash, drivers airbag and half
leather interior standard on all models. 13" wheeled "Sport pack"
option introduced. No longer any technical differences between "Mini"
and "Cooper".

1997

1998

1999

2000

October

Production ceased October 4. The car designated as the last one off of
the production line is registered as X411JOP and goes to the Heritage Museum
to share space with 621 AOK.

December

John Cooper dies.

Misc.

Total Mini production quoted as 5,387,862.

Notes:

The above information applies mainly to English
produced cars for sale in the UK. Some differences are noted for cars produced
in other countries or for sale in other countries. Caution is suggested when
applying the general information to all Minis no matter where produced.

Change points may vary by model.
Where possible, the earliest introduction dates found are listed.

Most production figures are taken from Goldingís,
Mini, Thirty-Five Years On, Hubnerís, The Big Mini Book, and
Ruppertís, Mini, and are worldwide production figures; except, figures
from 1983 on do not include Mokes. The majority of the production figures
listed are approximates. The published literature gives varying numbers.

Starting dates for some models (especially, the Specials or Limited Editions)
vary depending upon the source used. Some of the differences may be accounted
for by whether the source is using the date the model is announced, the date
production starts, or the date the model actually is available for sale. Often
which date is being used is not clear.


Sources:


Bardsley, Alec Issigonis, The Making of a Designer, 1998

Browning, The Illustrated History of the Works Minis In International
Rallies and Races, 1996 (2nd Edition)

Davis, Spotlight on Mini Minor Downunder, 1990

Factory workshop manuals, (various)

Golding, Mini, Thirty-Five Years On, 1994

Haynes, Owners Workshop Manuals, (various)

Hubner, The Big Mini Book, 1992


 Mini Moke Club (England), A Guide to Mini Mokes, 1997
 
 Nahum, Alec Issigonis, 1988
 
 Nye, Cooper Cars, 1983
 
 Parnell, Original Mini Cooper and Cooper S, 1993