1963 Austin 850 Mini Clubman
52 cid, I-4, 37 bhp

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The Mini was a small car produced by the British Motor Corporation and its successors from 1959 until 2000. The space-saving front-wheel-drive layout allowed 80% of the area of the cars floorpan to be used for passengers and cargo, and influenced a generation of automakers. The car was designed by Sir Alec Issigonis and produced in plants in England, Australia, Spain, Belgium, Chile, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Yugoslavia. The Mini was sold nearly below cost, although it did make a small profit over its life, and production totalled 1,190,000. The Mini was sold under the Austin and Morris marques until 1969 when Mini became a marque in its own right. The original Mini is truly an icon of the sixties, and in 1999 was voted the second most influentual car of the 20th century, behind only the Ford Model T.


  • Top speed: 70 mph & 38-50 mpg
  • 4-speed manual transmission
  • Weight: 1,456 lbs.
  • Price new: $1,671