Please note that the cars shown in this database are part of our collection but may not be on display when you visit

We are only able to display approximately 150 cars at a time yet have over 400 cars in our collection (only a sample is represented on this site at this time). Thank you!

Austin Mini 850 "Plum Mini"- 1960

This is a custom-designed Mini built on a stock Mini drivetrain. As you can see, the car has been cut significantly shortened. The back seat was removed, and approximately 2 feet has been cut out of the wheelbase. Cars such as this are referred to as “Mini Minis” or “Shorty Minis”. The resulting lighter, shorter car has sometimes surprising performance, and is somewhat skittish in its handling characteristics. In other words, it’s a real handful! A few are known to exist in the U.S. and Europe. This custom job, Plum Mini, was done by a man in Alaska who then gave the car to his nephew in Oregon. Lane Motor Museum is only its third home.


  • Manufacturer: Austin Motor Co., Ltd.
  • Country of Origin: Great Britain
  • Engine: 48 hp, 4 cylinder, 850cc
  • Top Speed: 50 miles per hour
  • Years of Production: Unknown for custom built car
  • Number Produced: few

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