Collectible Classic: 1959-2000 BMC Mini

THE SPECS

ENGINES:
848-cc OHV I-4, 34-37 hp, 44-45 lb-ft;
970-cc OHV I-4, 65 hp, 55-57 lb-ft;
997-cc OHV I-4, 52-55 hp, 53-54 lb-ft;
998-cc OHV I-4, 38-55 hp, 50-57 lb-ft;
1071-cc OHV I-4, 68-70 hp, 62 lb-ft;
1098-cc OHV I-4, 45 hp, 56 lb-ft;
1275-cc OHV I-4, 59-78 hp, 65-84 lb-ft
Transmissions: 4- or 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Drive: Front-wheel
Suspension, front: Control arms, rubber springs
Suspension, rear: Trailing arms, rubber springs
Brakes F/R: Drums/drums or discs/drums
Weight: 1300 lb (U.S. models)

THE INFO

Years produced
1960-1967 (U.S. models); 1959-2000 (worldwide)

Number produced
About 10,000 (U.S. models); about 5.3 million (worldwide)

Original price
$1295 (U.S. market, 1960)

Value today
$6000-$20,000 ($12,000-$30,000 for a Cooper S)

Why buy?
It's a street-legal go-kart with room for four. Original U.S.-spec cars are difficult to find, but a number of other Minis have already been imported. Parts are still common and relatively cheap. Cooper S models are deservedly the most treasured of the diverse bunch.

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