Innocenti, the Milanese company, started out building Lambretta scooters during the 1950s. And it wasn't until 1961 that it branched out into car manufacture in 1961, initially building more appealing versions of the Austin A40 and Austin-Healey Sprite. It became a successful business during the 1960s building Minis and BMC 1100s, before being purchased by British Leyland in 1972.
The rebodied hatchback 1973 Mini was a critical (if not commercial) success, but the local version of the Allegro (called Regent) bombed. The partnership dissolved in 1975 as BL fell under government control, and Innocenti was picked up by Alejandro de Tomaso the following year. The marque died in 1997, and its factory remains a crumbling ruin.