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Mini Clubman (1969 - 1982)

Last updated 7 April 2013

 
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Looks more grown up than the original Mini
Drives and feel just the same
Updated 1 August 1980
Mini Clubman saloon production ended

This was to make way for the Metro although the estate lingered on – renamed 1000HL – estate until 1982. The car was controversial in its day, detested by no less a person than Alec Issigonis himself,...

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Introduction

The Clubman was British Leyland's attempt to modernise the Mini on a relatively tight budget. It had originally been intended as a hatchback, but ended up being little more than a smart revamp of the front-end. It was given a higher list price, and marketed as the upmarket Mini - a tactic that actually worked.

The Clubman had a longer, squared-off nose. The interior was enhanced with instruments now in front of the driver instead of in the centre and Hydrolastic suspension was retained until 1971. An estate was available from launch, complete with fake plastic wood trim down the sides. A relatively cheap way into Mini ownership these days.

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