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Austin Mini 850

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 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 and 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.
Drivetrain Configuration: Front-engine,front-wheel drive
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Engine: 850cc, four cylinders, 48bhp
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Top Speed: 50mph
Years of Production: Unknown
Number Produced: few

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