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Innocenti Mini Cooper 1300 Export - 1973 - Chris & Janet Pearce, UK

 

 


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1973
 1380cc
 Approx. 90bhp
 Original colour was Bleu Scuro, car is now Nero (black) with Ivorio Bianco roof.
 Wheels are original Firsats, with Yokohama/Falken 165/70R10 tyres.
 JVC CD player with 4 speaker system.
 Interior trim, black (full set of Newton replacement trim), grey roof lining.
 Fog lights, intermittent wiper control,wash/wipe function, hazard lights, rear seat
 belts, electric radiator fan, alarm system. Stainless steel LCB manifold and
 stainless big bore exhaust.
 It was imported into the UK and converted to Right hand drive before we bought it .
 We’ve owned the car since 1988 on a patch and mend basis, but by 1999 the
 bodywork had become so bad , and the clutch/gearbox had gone so the car was
 laid up for 3 years until a full bare metal rebuild , returning to the road in August
 2003. Since then the engine has become a bit tired so that was replaced with a
 new 1380 block/ stage 3 head , Omega pistons and Swiftune SW5 cam /HIF44
 Carb in March 2008. Diff ratio is 3.44 but the overall final drive ratio is 3.15 by use of
 a Jack Knight economy gear on the gearbox input. Suspension has been fitted with
 Koni shock absorbers and HiLos all round, with negative camber front lower arms,
 and camber set to zero on the rear suspension.
 The plan now is to use it as an everyday driver and keep it in A1 condition, taking it
 all the way to IMM in Spain in June 2008.
 Contact on the Innocenti register is inniminiman
 

© Christian Nygaard Hansen, 2008