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Mini Mk2-Mk5 (1967 - 1992)

Last updated 7 April 2013

A great city car, brilliant classic, and huge fun despite limited performance
Rust, and young cars being passed off as older ones - and badly customised, repaired or repainted examples.
Updated 5 February 1987
Plans to cease Mini production were cancelled

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Such was the rightness of the original Mini, that once it had reached Mk3 form, there really wasn't much left to improve - and so, between the late 1960s and early '90s, very little materially changed, other than trim and equipment.

The short-lived Mk2 (1967-69) had received a new grille and the option of a 998cc engine, while the Mk3 (1969-1976) hid the door hinges and replaced the sliding windows with wind-up ones. The old Austin and Morris badges were dropped with the formation of British Leyland in 1968, with the Mini now a marque in its own right. Hydrolastic suspension – more expensive to fit – was dropped in favour of the original rubber-cone type.

Changes for the Mk4 (1976-1984) were more subtle, with alterations to the interior and subframe. The Mk5 took over from 1985-92, with 12in wheels and front disc brakes.

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