Alas this little gem is a bit too far away to take a look. All interesting cars are a long way from where I live (Aarhus).
You can inspect the advertisement here.
This one is the special De Tomaso sports model with 72 hp from the ex-BMC 1275 A-series engine. It has some special additions such as a different bumper, a bonnet scoop and some purposeful black detailing.
Note the little upkick on the trailing edge of the roof. It’s quite a sporty little number. Bertone handled the styling and added a useful hatchback which is something BMC and its successors never got around to (unless it was a Clubman estate). The seating to steering arrangement was also better.
Honest John shows the car with its Austin bodywork. “The best known of Innocenti’s models, produced in a varitey of specifications including the original Mini Minor’, the ‘Mini t’ (Traveller) and ‘Mini Cooper’, as pictured here. The Mini Cooper remained in production after manufacture of the equivalent UK models ceased. The Innocenti versions were often both better built and more luxuriously appointed than their UK counterparts, and a few have found their way to these shores over the years,” it writes.
This is their take on the De Tomaso version: ” The new-style Mini (1974-1982) was originally launched in two versions, the 90L and 120L – the former having the 998cc A-series engine putting out 43bhp, and the latter the 1275cc unit, with an extra 20bhp on tap. These outputs were later uprated to 49bhp and 65bhp respectively. Following the sale of Innocenti to de Tomaso in 1975, an uprated version of the 120L was launched in 1976, producing a useful 71bhp (74bhp from 1978 onwards); known simply as the Innocenti de Tomaso.” What would a modern version of this be? I suggest a Mini with an entirely different body made by Pagani, something like the Aston Martin Cygnet only with its own coachwork and uprated performance.