The Staff of Motorsport Marketing
The Staff of Motorsport Marketing Writer
5/15/17 11:45 a.m.


Story by Don Racine
Photography as credited

Don Racine, the owner of Mini Mania, has been serving the Mini enthusiast community since 1974.

While most Mini sedans look the same to the casual observer, many prospective—and even current—owners truly have no idea how to identify the model year of one of these cars. In fact, in many cases they don’t even know there are really so many different Minis.

That first 1959 Mini was the ultimate in an economical everyday, entry-level car. By the end of production 41 years later, the Mini had been transformed into an almost modern car with fuel injection, a catalytic converter and an air bag. All Minis were not created equal, and in fact have tremendous variations in performance and desirability.

So, you ask, why all the confusion as to which Mini you might own or consider buying? Before we tackle that question, let’s first address those variants of the Mini sedan that were imported to the U.S. and sold by the factory.

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TR8owner
TR8owner HalfDork
5/16/17 10:13 p.m.

Learned to drive as a teenager on my mom's Austin mini 850 (and dad's 65 Corvair). Had a 998 Cooper and rare 1071 Cooper S. If I ever got another one it has to have the sliding windows.

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