In 1969, below the possession of British Leyland, the Mini was given a facelift by stylist Roy Haynes, who had formerly labored for Ford. The restyled version become called the Mini Clubman, and has a squarer frontal appearance, using the identical indicator/sidelight meeting as the Austin Maxi. The Mini Clubman changed into supposed to update the upmarket Riley and Wolseley variations. A new version, dubbed the 1275 GT, turned into slated as the replacement for the 998 cc Mini Cooper (the 1,275 cc Mini Cooper S endured alongside the 1275 GT for two years until 1971). The Clubman property replaced the Countryman and traveler. The authentic “round-the front” layout remained in production along the Clubman and 1275 GT.
Manufacturing of the Clubman and 1275 GT were given off to a gradual begin due to the fact the cars included “masses of manufacturing modifications” including the relocation of tooling from the producer’s Cowley plant to the Longbridge plant: very few automobiles have been handed over to clients earlier than the early months of 1970.
Early domestic market Clubmans had been still introduced on pass-ply tyres regardless of the fact that by 1970 radials had end up the norm for the car’s mainstream competitors. With the aid of 1973 new Minis have been, via default, being shipped with radial tyres, even though move-plies will be detailed by using unique order, giving British consumers a price saving of £8.
The 1275 GT is often incorrectly defined because the “Mini Clubman 1275 GT”. The reputable name became usually just the “Mini 1275 GT”, and it changed into a separate, wonderful version from the Clubman (although it shared the same frontal remedy as the Mini Clubman, and turned into launched on the equal time).
In 1971, the 1,275 cc Mini Cooper S become discontinued in the united kingdom, leaving the Mini 1275 GT as the handiest carrying Mini on sale for the rest of the decade. Innocenti in Italy, but, endured making their very own version of the Mini Cooper for a while. At the same time as the UK constructed 1275 GT turned into no longer almost as quick as a 1275 Mini Cooper S, it become inexpensive to shop for, run, and insure. It changed into the primary Mini to be ready with a tachometer. It also featured a standard-suit close-ratio gearbox. Overall performance of the 1275GT become energetic for the time, reaching 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 12.9 seconds, and the outstanding midrange torque supplied a 30–50 mph (forty eight–eighty km/h) time in top tools of only 9 seconds. The bluff the front, however, meant that the version struggled to attain 90 mph (140 km/h).
Throughout the 1970s, British Leyland persisted to provide the traditional 1959 “round-the front” layout, alongside the more recent Clubman and 1275 GT fashions. The lengthy-nostril Clubman and 1275 GT presented higher crash protection, were higher equipped, and had higher under-bonnet get right of entry to, however they had been more high-priced and aerodynamically inferior to the authentic 1959 layout. The Mini Clubman and 1275 GT had been changed in 1980 by means of the new hatchback Austin Metro, at the same time as manufacturing of the unique “round-front” Mini design persisted for some other 20 years. On the cease of Clubman and 1275 GT production, 275,583 Clubman saloons, 197,606 Clubman Estates and a hundred and ten,673 1275 GTs had been made.
|body type||4/5 seater estate/station wagon|
|number of doors||3|
|DIMENSIONS & WEIGHTS|
|kerb weight||680 kg||1499 lb|
|engine type||naturally aspirated petrol|
(60.902 cu in)
|bore × stroke||64.58 × 76.2 mm
2.54 × 3 in
|overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
8 valves in total
|maximum power output||40.6 PS (40 bhp) (29.8 kW)
at 5250 rpm
|specific output||40.1 bhp/litre
0.66 bhp/cu in
|maximum torque||71 Nm (52 ft·lb) (7.2 kgm)
at 2700 rpm
|specific torque||71.14 Nm/litre
|fuel system||1 SU carb|
|bmep (brake mean effective pressure)||894 kPa (129.7 psi)|
|unitary capacity||249.5 cc|
|acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)||-1.00 s|
|maximum speed||118 km/h (73 mph)|
|power-to-weight ratio||59.64 PS/g
|weight-to-power ratio||22.8 kg/kW
|drive wheels||front wheel drive|
|gearbox||4 speed manual|
Mini Clubman Estate 1969 Design Interior Exterior