The original Mini was designed by Alec Issigonis to answer for the need of small and economic cars. In late 50’s there was shortage of a fuel caused by Suez Crisis and the small German Bubble cars were popular in UK, even where imported cars were still a rarity. The headstrong and autocratic head of the British Motor Company, Leonard Lord, did not like the situation and wanted to offer the rival for the small German-made Bubble cars. He decided that BMC would design and produce a decent, really small family car. In 1959 Mini was introduced.
In October 1965 Mini introduced first time the automatic transmission. BMC promoted the “Mini-Matic” as the first such a small car equipped with an automatic transmission. It was designed by Automotive Products and had already four speed. With the automatic, it was still possible to change gears manually or just to put the lever into the bottom of the gate when the car changes itself. BMC called it “his or hers system” – its purpose was to offer easy driving both for men and women drivers.
This is an original MKI Austin Mini Automatic. Since 1967, the car has been driven only 47 000 km’s! According to the current owner and inheritance information, the car have had only 3 private owners and the current owner is the third one who bought the car from Mini enthusiast in 2014.
Car is in great and very original, unrestored condition. Paint is still a partly original and interior is totally original. Engine runs smooth and gearbox works perfectly and everything is in very good and healthy working order: Lights, heater, engine. Front brakes have been fully renewed recently and the engine and gearbox have been serviced.
Our entire family’s enthusiasm for British cars has its roots, especially with Mini. My great uncle Antti once worked as a mechanic for Rally Legend Timo Mäkinen and also competed on gravel and track himself. When Timo Mäkinen drove Finland’s first Monte Carlo victories with the Mini, everyone had to get their own Mini, respecting the example. Literally everyone in our family had a Mini at some point.
An exceptionally small but exceptionally big car. Few cars have such a wonderful history in both everyday life and motorsports. A great opportunity to have an extraordinary original condition and such a rare automatic Mini MKI!
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