Mini 1000 car
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  • I believe that the original manufacturer, BMC (The British Motor Company) got their figures wrong and it stayed unprofitable thereafter, but that seems to be unlikely
  • It could cost you a good £2,000 and even £3,000 for a Mini in reasonable condition

    • by Andrew Gray
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      This is one of the best examples of a car that was way ahead of its time, but still became a major hit in many countries. I am told that the Mini 1000, of which there must still be thousands all over Europe in particular, had the distinction of apparently never making a profit through out its very long period of manufacture! I believe that the original manufacturer, BMC (The British Motor Company) got their figures wrong and it stayed unprofitable thereafter, but that seems to be unlikely.

      If you look at the original series of Minis, they are tiny. Even beside the new Mini produced by BMW, they look small. Surprisingly, you may find it hard to believe, but


      I could drive one quite comfortably – and I’m six foot two!. There was enough leg-room to travel long distances (easily a couple of hundred miles) without discomfort. Clearly, though, the passage of time has shown that there were shortcomings to this car.

      Mileage – good. You could get a good mileage per gallon out of this car, sometimes over 40 mpg.

      Parking – great! It fits into spaces that you’d need an expensive Smart car to compete with.

      Speed – it would be comfortable up to around 70 mph, but beyond that was pushing things and it would become very noisy (not too good for the engine either)!

      Comfort – see above.

      Capacity – surprisingly good for such a small car. I have fitted two ...


      • fully-grown adults in the back and one in the front without excessive squeezing together. There’s a reasonable amount of room for luggage in the boot too!

        All-round visibility – really good. The windows had no real blind spots to worry about. With additional wing-mirrors, you could check for cyclists and motor cyclists who might be on your inside before you turned.

        Holding value – not too bad, oddly enough. It could cost you a good £2,000 and even £3,000 for a Mini in reasonable condition.

        Faults – the Mini was not a car for motorways. It is small, which is bad news in driving rain. Lorries can miss you unless your Mini is a bright colour. Also, it tends to aquaplane in the

        wet and it feels extremely alarming when you’re in the middle lane with a whacking great truck on either side of you. As with all British cars (and the use of salt on British roads in winter) the bodywork tends to rust. I have spent more hours trying to fill and sand holes on the wings and doors than I care to mention. Sills and sub-frame are very prone indeed to rust. You need a garage to change them (or I do)!

        Conclusion – for all the faults, this car has personality. I accept it with its faults and I would happily have one again for town driving. It’s great for parking and for shopping trips. Look after it and it will look after you.




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