CC Outtake: 1978 Leyland Mini – Still Shopping

This is a great example of a later-type Australian market Mini.  From 1971 all of the local Minis had the square ‘Clubman’ front end that was added in a nod to crash safety, there are larger tail lights and wind-up windows (first seen on Australian Minis), but still the external door hinges – which were long gone from UK production.

This car would have a 998cc engine making about 40 hp (29 kW), but frankly by 1978 the Mini was falling behind the pace set by much newer competition such as Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and so forth.  You might say it was a more conservative customer that was still buying ‘standard’ Minis, or perhaps those who had previously owned one.  It does not take a lot to imagine this car might have been coming to these local shops since it was new.