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#1 Peterg1


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Posted 12 May 2018 - 08:16 AM

Looking at an Italian Job or Cooper. What are the main differences In engine spec and power both around 1993, so last of the carburettor models..


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Posted 12 May 2018 - 08:57 AM

Here's the brochure for the Italian Job - 1992 had 50ps (49hp)

http://www.minipassi...an Job 1992.pdf


Brochure for Cooper - 1992 had 63ps (62hp)

http://www.minipassi... Range 1992.pdf

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 11:18 AM

As with any mini I'd buy on condition and originality with a limited edition, a rust free Italian job will be faster than a Cooper that has no mot due to lots of rot!

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 02:38 PM

see know off loads of it jobs don't see many carb coopers

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 03:36 PM

That's because the 1275 with the hif 38 carried on a lot longer after all Coopers had gained fuel injection, my Mayfair was registered in 1995 still with a carb.

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 08:05 AM

A couple of subtle mods to the Italian job will quickly increase that power. You're never going to set the world alight in a mini performance wise unless it's really heavily tuned (even my 84bhp car isn't as quick as my Fiesta) so don't get too caught up in that aspect. As has been said, buy on quality, if you need more performance, it can be achieved as and when you can afford it, step by step at small incremental prices.

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 11:38 AM

try and find one that was fitted with the mg metro cam makes difference

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 09:45 AM

If you want to modify it then it's probably best getting a Cooper, buyers are less bothered with a few mods on a Cooper.

With limited edition models, alot of the value hangs on it's originality so anything you do will need to come off cleanly if/when you sell it.

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