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#1 mab01uk

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Posted 03 June 2018 - 07:28 AM

A selection of Innocenti Minis and more:-

https://www.kijiji.i.../?entryPoint=sb

 



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Posted 04 June 2018 - 07:01 PM

The Innocenti Mini-Cooper 1300 is the last of the affordable 'genuine' Cooper 'S's IMHO.

 

You can get a really good one for around £12,000 and those on that list have not been converted (usually badly) to the non-original right-hand-drive.

 

Buy now, the values will only increase!



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Posted 07 June 2018 - 08:57 AM

An interesting page on the history of them; https://www.bloemend...1300-innocenti/


Edited by RichMPiBlue, 07 June 2018 - 08:57 AM.


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Posted 07 June 2018 - 05:23 PM

Nice car, just needs the Export badges on the A-panel and correct Hellebore black vinyl steering wheel to be perfect, but those parts can be found. 

 

They are very neat little cars, as Cooperman says they are the last affordable Cooper S models. They were built under the Cooper license in Italy after the UK built Mk3 S was discontinued in favour of the 1275GT. The block on these Innos is the 1300GT casting (as there were no 1275 S castings left), with the Mk3 S's 12G1805 head, and S cam. The conrods and crank are also from the 1300GT and are stronger than the regular 1275 rods. 

 

Unlike the UK Cooper S they were not fitted with twin tanks but instead had a larger capacity single tank. Because after a while the italian factory started pressing their own panels they retained the Mk1 bulkhead with the closer together bonnet hinges, which is always a good way to tell if one has been reshelled. The companion bins by the rear seats are also different from the UK ones; they slope the other way round. That is to say they are lower at the front and slope upwards to the rear. This was to accommodate the reclining seats which were also available there before the UK Minis received them. Curiously the Inno recliners had the seat back release lever on the opposite side to the floor release button, i.e. on the inner, handbrake, side rather than on the outside like the UK cars. 

 

Honestly I could keep going for a while on the differences between these Italian built cars and the UK built models. Needless to say I'm a fan.



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Posted 07 June 2018 - 07:15 PM

1972 Innocenti Mini Cooper 1300 For Sale

https://www.carandcl....uk/car/C981597

 

Innocenti - Mini MK3 850 cc - NO RESERVE - 1970

https://veiling.cata...no-reserve-1970


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Posted 07 June 2018 - 07:18 PM

Italy: Thousands Of Innocenti Factory Workers March…(1976)

"Thousands of factory workers stormed through the streets of the Italian city of Milan on Monday (5 January 1976) protesting against the closure of the British-owned car factory Leyland Innocenti.
Leyland Innocenti became the first major victim of Italy's industrial crisis in November when British Leyland announced that it was putting its Italian subsidiary into liquidation.
The metalworkers' trade union federation immediately ordered the 4,500-strong work force to occupy the plant which assembles Mini cars on the outskirts of Milan.
On Christmas Day hundreds of workers and their families occupying the plant celebrated Midnight Mass there in a makeshift chapel.
But on Monday, the workers' took to the streets and marched to the government office in Milan demanding a solution to the mass unemployment the factory's closure will create."

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https://www.britishp.../Mini innocenti


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Posted 07 June 2018 - 09:16 PM



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Posted 07 June 2018 - 09:29 PM

^^^


Edited by RichMPiBlue, 07 June 2018 - 09:35 PM.


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Posted 07 June 2018 - 09:35 PM

An interesting page on the history of them; https://www.bloemend...1300-innocenti/

If I ever got one it'll have to be in the spec of that one---just brilliant in my opinion! What year did the spec come in for the 6 dials on the dash, and them wheels, class?!?  



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Posted 08 June 2018 - 09:52 AM

Off the top of my head Rich I think that spec, called the Export, came into production around 1973. There are some Pre-Export 1300 Coopers which are very similar, only some minor differences on the dash including 5 dials rather than 6 and an Innocenti logo printed on the tachy- and odometer. Other than that there isn't a great deal of difference. I think the non-exports also didn't get reclining seats, but it's minor stuff like that. Most Pre-Exports will have been restored to Export spec as well because the 5 dial dashes are like hen's teeth. 



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Posted 08 June 2018 - 04:25 PM

Off the top of my head Rich I think that spec, called the Export, came into production around 1973. There are some Pre-Export 1300 Coopers which are very similar, only some minor differences on the dash including 5 dials rather than 6 and an Innocenti logo printed on the tachy- and odometer. Other than that there isn't a great deal of difference. I think the non-exports also didn't get reclining seats, but it's minor stuff like that. Most Pre-Exports will have been restored to Export spec as well because the 5 dial dashes are like hen's teeth. 

 

Thanks for the information.



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Posted 14 June 2018 - 08:11 PM

1974 Mini Innocenti project...
https://www.ebay.co....TcAAOSwgcVbHYPy



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Posted 14 June 2018 - 08:46 PM

Pretty ripe but looks like a genuine Inno from the pictures. Harder to say if the engine is correct but it is 11 stud which is a good sign. Paint sticker on the fuel tank shows it should be Castoro 72, which is an interesting shade of maroon. Big job.



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Posted 15 June 2018 - 09:59 PM

Mini Cooper Innocenti 1300 Export, 1974.

https://www.ebay.co....kwAAOSw~Bha7Gjf



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Posted 15 June 2018 - 11:20 PM

Mini Cooper Innocenti 1300 Export, 1974.

https://www.ebay.co....kwAAOSw~Bha7Gjf

 

Not a really good one. It has been converted to RHD (badly by the look of it) and has some sort of roll cage. This will de-value it as it needs taking back to LHD to make it original.






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