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1980 Mini 850 MkIV [ADO20]

1980 Mini 850 MkIV [ADO20] in The Black Pimpernel, Movie, 2007 IMDB

Class: Cars, Supermini — Model origin: UK

1980 Mini 850 MkIV [ADO20]

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Zophos1979 NL

2008-07-02 07:57

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Mini MkII or later, 1967 or later, probably, a lot later seeing a s the grille is no longer fully chromed nor the wingmirrors. Seeing the fact that tyhe film takes place in Chile, possibly licensed version such as Authi (Spanish licensed manufacture) or more likely, a chilean version as there was a Chilean manufacturor ( I will look for their name) that was licensed to build these as well..

K, so in Chile they were manufactured under either the Rover or Morris name, but with the interesting difference that they were all Fiberglass bodied, build at the end of the 60's.

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chris40 UK

2008-07-02 09:11

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IIRC the fibreglass-bodied Chilean Mini didn't have external welds, which I'm sure I can see here ... :)

Zophos1979 NL

2008-07-02 09:38

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Ah, I wasn't aware of that, never actually seen pictures of it, just know they were built there :( .... Also, car looks to young with this grille to fit in that time slot.. but maybe that's me...

sixcyl FR

2008-07-02 09:40

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This a MkIII not II

dudley UK

2008-07-02 10:14

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Mk 4, about a 1980 with that BL badge in the middle of the grille.

Zophos1979 NL

2008-07-02 10:20

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dude, are you seriously saying you can see that in this shot?? I wanna meet who ever makes your glasses, or looks after your eyes...

Sunbar UK

2008-07-02 11:06

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I had my doubts... but I have to agree with dudley. By adjusting the contrast it is just possible to see what looks like a badge in the correct position on the grille.

Compared with a publicity photograph of a 1981 mini shown on the left....
[Image: minibadgedf7.710.jpg]

http://austin-rover.co.uk/press/nl81mini_1.jpg

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Zophos1979 NL

2008-07-02 11:45

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after a lot of fiddling with the screen here, I too have to agree. glad to know it's not just my eyes, lol

seeing as it is that young, it is definitely not the locally build version..

dudley UK

2008-07-02 14:00

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And specifically 1980/81 because in 1979 Minis sported the old round BL/Mini badge on the bonnet: [Image: dsc0150026700859stdmu9.5297.jpg]

And by 1982, the new BL badge was on the grille, but to the right of centre: [Image: 762pxmini1000hlfrontnw2.th.jpg]

Don't know why, but probably to create a 'family look' with the 1980 launch of the Metro, which also had its BL badge in the middle.

dsl SX

2011-08-13 23:57

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http://www.aronline.co.uk/index.htm?chileindexf.htm has the story of Chilean assembly of BMC products, including the fibreglass Mini and MG1300 Mk2 [ADO16] in late 60s until 1974. UK Mini 850 and 1000 were then imported by BL Chile until 1984 (possibly badged as Austin though Mini was the make elsewhere) when BL left Chile. Imports resumed in 1992 as Rover (alongside 414 Si 16v and 600 and 800 ranges, plus Land Rovers and some Jags). This Mini looks to me an 850 [ADO20] of about 1980 as argued previously (so close to the end of 850 production) - more detail visible in /vehicle_182643-Citroen-2CV-1973.html . Would be useful if anyone can confirm if Chile still used Austin name at this point.

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