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Mini Clubman, 1275GT, Mini HL
Roy Haynes joined BMC after he's completed the Ford Cortina MkII, and created the Mini Clubman as an 'upmarket' Mini to replace the big-booted Elf and Hornet. Only the new front end was approved, and the Haynes extended rear with hatchback got left on the drawing table. Launched in October 1969 at the same time as the MkIII Minis, the Clubmans were given the same trim as the previous Super Deluxe, and had the 998cc engine as standard. The 1275GT was also launched in October 1969, not strictly as a 'Clubman' but using the same body. Replacing the Mini Cooper, though not the Cooper S which continued for 2years, the 1275 GT was not as powerful as the Cooper. Run flat Denovo Dunlop tyres received their world debut on the Mini 1275GT, but the 1275GT gave way to the Austin Metro in 1980. Clubman models were revamped in 1975 acquiring the 1098cc engine, and in 1976 a new grille and painted side stripes on the Clubman Estate. The Clubmans stopped production in 1980 as the Metro was launched, but the Estate continued to be sold as the Mini HL Estate until 1982.
aa_Leyland Mini 1275 S 1977 badge
Leyland Mini 1275 S 1977 - badge on boot. From February 1973 Australian-built Minis were badged as 'Leyland Mini'
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Mini Clubman 1980. Boot badge of the later 1975plus Clubmans.
aa_Mini HL Estate badge
Mini HL Estate - the Leyland grille badge worn from 1980-82
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Mini Clubman Estate 1972. In 1975 the grille was changed for a 'cross' effect one, and then simplified for the Mini HL in 1980.
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Mini Clubman. A big bonnet for an upmarket Mini.
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Mini Clubman 1980. This 'MkII' Clubman shows the grille restyle given in 1975.
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Mini HL Estate
Leyland Mini 1275 S 1977 front
Leyland Mini 1275 S 1977, All Australian Mins were given the Clubman front end in 1971, but retained the externally-hinged front doors. From February 1973 they were badged as 'Leyland Mini'
Leyland Mini 1275 S 1977 rear
Leyland Mini 1275 S, Australian Mins were given wind-up windows in 1965 even though they retain external door hinges. Because of local contact the 'Clubman-shaped' Minis sold in Australia after 1971 retained the MkI doors with external hinges but with Australian wind-up windows.
Mini 1275 GT 1973 front
Mini 1275 GT 1973. The Riley Elf and Wolseley Hornet models were phased out during 1969 and a new Clubman model took their place. Available as 2-door saloon , estate or 1275 GT models the new Clubman had a large square front, designed by Roy Haynes, who had also intended to replace the Hornet boot with a hatchback but was denied this chance.
Mini 1275 GT 1973 rear
Mini 1275 GT 1973. The 1275 GT was the top model of the new Clubman models in 1969. Roy Haynes intended that the Clubman models would be given a hatchback, but production models had the same boot panels as other Minis.
Mini 1275 GT front
Mini 1275 GT. The 1275 GT took the place of the Cooper S, although it only had a single carb 59bhp engine.
Mini 1275 GT rear
Mini 1275 GT. Introduced to replace the Hornet and Elf models, the 1275 GT was the fastest of the Clubmans - but no Cooper S. The Clubman models ran from 1969 to 1980.
Mini Clubman Estate 1972 rear
Mini Clubman Estate 1972. The wood effect side bars refer back to the wood finished Mini Traveller.
Mini Clubman Estate front
Mini Clubman Estate 1972. The Clubman was launched with 998cc engine, and the Estate gained wood effect trim
Mini Clubman front 1975
Mini Clubmans were introduced in 1969 restyled by Harris Mann and Roy Haynes who had been poached from Ford in 1967. Mechanically the Mini Clubman was the same as the Mini 1000.
Mini Clubman front 1980
Mini Clubman 1980. The 'cross' form grille was given to the Mini Clubman in 1975 at the same time as a 1098cc engine.
Mini Clubman rear 1975
Mini Clubmans were a restyle by Harris Mann and Roy Haynes and were originally intended to have a new hatchback rear, but production cars contined the Issigonis booted back.
Mini Clubman rear 1980
Mini Clubman 1980. Now with reversing lights built into the rear lamp clusters.
Mini HL Estate front
Mini HL Estate. A revised grille was given to the Estate as it lost is 'Clubman' name in 1980, and had its 1098cc engine reduced to 998cc to be sold as the 'HL Estate until 1982.
Mini HL Estate rear
Mini HL Estate. Painted sidestripes were given to the Clubman Estate in 1975, the Clubman name changed to 'Mini HL' from 1980-82.
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Mini 1275 GT - rear lamp.
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Mini Clubman 1980. Now with reversing lights built into the rear lamp clusters.
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Mini 1275 GT. The longer bonnet of the Clubman body is evident here. This new bonnet gave the Clubman worse aerodynamivs than the Mini.
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Mini Clubman Estate 1972. Applique 'wood' side stripes were worn by the Clubman until 1975.
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Mini HL Estate. From 1980-82 Clubman Estates were sold as 'Mini HL' estates
t_Leyland Mini 1275 S 1977 tail
Leyland Mini 1275 S 1977. Australian Minis were built with a lot of local content, including body panels, and this late Australian Mini still retains the bootlid with fold-down number plate (for when the lid is left open to carry loads). European means had been given a different bootlid from the MkII model, but this Australian one is designed only for an Australian licence plate.
t_Mini Clubman 1975 tail
Mini Clubman. Although the Clubman took over from the Elf and Hornet, it did not inherit their larger boots, even though the Roy Haynes design included a much enlarged rear with hatchback.
t_Mini Clubman 1980 tail
Mini Clubman 1980.
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Mini Clubman 1980 - front wheel
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Mini HL Estate - rear wheel. The Clubman had 10inch wheels, but the 1275GT gained 12inch Dunlop Denovo wheels and tyres which permitted larger disc brakes.
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Mini Estate cars
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Mini Countryman and Traveller
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Austin and Morris 5cwt (Mini) Van and Pickup
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Riley Elf (ADO 15)
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