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1973 Mini 850 MkIII [ADO20]

1973 Mini 850 MkIII [ADO20] in Fantaisies pour couples, Movie, 1976

Class: Cars, Supermini — Model origin: UK — Made for: F

1973 Mini 850 MkIII [ADO20]

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dsl SX

2012-12-18 17:47

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Orange is 70+ UK Mini 1000 (I think I can see rear side window catches so not 850) - maybe 73+ as no wing mirror - replaced by door mirror. Foreground is Innocenti with quarterlights. Never thought about this before, but did France have a period in early 70s when both UK and Innocenti Minis were sold in parallel? If not is there a change-over date?

rpcm PT

2012-12-19 03:24

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Like in Portugal, the Mk III Mini was sold in France as Austin or Morris in the beginning of the 70s. There was a 850 de Luxe and a 1000 Super de Luxe and I'm not sure about this being a 1000 since it doesn't seem to have the chrome trim in the windscreen seal.
I guess that certain Innocenti ones, like the 1001 and the Cooper 1300, were sold in parallel with UK Minis.

dsl SX

2012-12-19 03:56

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Fair enough - switched to 850. This has a Mini bonnet badge, so presumably after Austin/Morris dropped and another reason to go for 73+.

bref FR

2012-12-19 20:58

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dsl wrote did France have a period in early 70s when both UK and Innocenti Minis were sold in parallel?

Yes, Innocenti Cooper 1300 arrived after the end of MKIII Cooper. Then we had 1000 Minimatic (1000 manual were UK made) and 1001 for 1974 MY. Italians Mini had a more upscale image (and were more expensive) than British ones, both sold by British Leyland France.

dsl SX

2012-12-19 21:18

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Thanks. Mk3 Cooper was only sold as Cooper S and stopped June 71 as BL pushed the 1275GT instead, so Innocenti Cooper 1300 in F would be from that point on (if I remember correctly there was even a brief attempt to sell it in UK in 72 with RHD conversion - but I think BL threatened legal action about licensing territories to protect the 1275 GT). 1000 Minimatic and 1001 in F would be very short run before Innocenti collapsed end 74/early 75.

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