Buying Guide

 The model guide below is designed to help you decide exactly which model of Mini you have.

If your car does not appear to match a model correctly please contact us with the year, engine number, VIN (Chassis) number and any other information that may help us to supply the correct parts for your vehicle. This is particularly relevant if the car has been modified.

Please note that it is always better to copy the engine and VIN numbers from the car rather than from the log book as these are often incorrectly printed. 

UK Mini Model Guide

 Mk1 1959 to 1967

1959 Mk1 introduced featuring small oval-shaped rear lamps, chrome indicator stalk with green lens for warning light, external door hinges and sliding door windows. There is no bonnet finisher for the front grille and all models had “dry” (rubber cone) suspension. The number plate was on hinges attached to the boot lid.

1961 The Mini Cooper was introduced with a twin carburetter 997cc engine, remote gear- change and 7” disc brakes.

1963 The Mini Cooper S was introduced with 1071cc engine and 7.5” disc brakes with a remote servo. The standard Cooper received the 998cc engine and revised 7” disc brakes with larger pads.

1964 Hydrolastic (“wet”) suspension replaced “dry” on all saloon models. The Cooper S received the 1275cc engine (and 970cc for a year).

1966 The outer door handles were changed to have rounded ends and a matching boss on the door for safety reasons. The Cooper S also had an oil cooler and RH fuel tank fitted as standard.

Mk2 1967 to 1969

1967 Mk2 introduced with larger rear window, new grille with top surround on bonnet, larger rear lamps, padded lower dash covering, indicator stalk with horn and no green warning light.

1968 4 synchromesh gearbox is gradually phased in across the entire range.

 Mk3 1969 to 1976

 1969 Mk3 saloon introduced with wind-up windows, internal door hinges and “dry” suspension. The Cooper S and 1275GT models retained Hydrolastic suspension until 1971. The square-fronted Clubman models were brought in at the same time as the Mk3 and featured the top padded dash rail, offset instrument binnacle and face-level air vents.

 1972 Steering locks began to be fitted to UK models.

 1973 The rod-change gearbox was introduced which also meant that the shape of the floor tunnel changed from round to square.

 1974 The 1275GT is fitted with 12” wheels and the later 8.4” brake discs.

 1975 The UK Clubman models receive the 1100cc engine (except autos).

 Mk4 1976 on

 1976 Mk4 model introduced with the front subframe now having rubber mountings and single tower bolts. The twin stalk (indicator and wiper) column switches were introduced with electric washers and a different style of steering lock. The brake, clutch and throttle pedals were also made larger.

 1980 The “new” A+ 998cc engine became the only engine fitted to all models (except Van & Pickup). All models except Mini City received the (ex-Clubman) padded top dash rail. The door mirrors changed from the stainless Tex type to a black plastic version.

 1984 12” wheels and 8.4” disc brakes are fitted to all saloons which also meant the fitting of the (Mini Special) black plastic wheel arch extensions.

 1985 All models including City now have the padded top dash rail.

 1988 The integral brake servo attached to the master cylinder was fitted to all models which resulted in the modified (floating) heater valve arrangement.

 1990 The 1275cc Rover Mini Cooper was introduced with HIF44 carburetter, electric fan and catalytic converter.

 1991 The 1275cc Rover Mini Cooper is changed to fuel injection (SPi) with a different electric fan.

 1992 All models except the Cooper now have 1275cc engines with HIF38 carburetter.

 1994 All models now have 1275cc engines with fuel injection (SPi).

 1996 The final UK versions were introduced with 1275cc twin-point fuel injection (MPi) and manual gearbox only. These cars had the front-mounted radiator with electric fan, driver's air bag in the steering wheel and an ignition system without a distributor. (Japanese models remained as SPi).



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