Even More Minis and the Month of March, & Misc.
A little more from Mini life in the month of March, plus some extras.
No More Inno Cooper 1300
1973. March. Production stops on the Innocenti Mini Cooper 1300.
(Total production not known.)
Beginning of the Inno 1300 Export
1973. March. Production of the Innocenti Cooper 1300 changes over to the 1300 Cooper Export. This version was also built at Seneffe in Belgium.
Australian LS for Sale
1977. March. The Mini LS with a 998cc engine goes on sale in Australia. Price at the time was quoted at AUS$4,495.
Below are a few items from pre-Mini days with definite Mini relevance.
Cooper Genealogy from Two Centuries Ago
1893. October. Charles Newton Cooper was born in Paris to an English father and a Spanish mother on Saturday the 14th. The family moved to England (Malden) when Charles was a child.
1906. November. Alex Issigonis was born in Smyrna, Turkey on Sunday the 18th to Konstantinos and Hulda Issigonis.
Charles Cooper Marries
1922. Charles Newton Cooper married Elsie Pond.
John Cooper Arrives
1923. July. John Newton Cooper was born to Charles and Elsie Cooper on Tuesday the 17th.
The following are production totals from introduction in 1959 through 1965, the year the millionth Mini rolled off the assembly line.
Production Totals – The Early Years
1960: 116,677, total to date 136,426
1961: 157,059, total to date 293,485
1962: 216,087, total to date 509,572. Number 500,000 was built December 12th.
1963: 236,713, total to date 746,285
1964: 244,359, total to date 990,644
1965: 221,074, total to date 1,211,718
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