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96/370/1 Automobile, full size, Leyland Mini K car and parts, metal / fabric / rubber, made by Leyland Australia, Zetland, New South Wales, Australia, 1970. Click to enlarge.

1970 Leyland Mini K

Designed
The Mini is credited with revolutionising the popularity of small car motoring in Australia and the world. It was designed in England by Alex Issigonis and was innovative in both body design and mechanical layout. It went on sale in England in 1959 and in January 1961 production began in Australia at the British Motor Corporation's plant at Zetland, NSW. In March 1969 the Mini K model was released in Australia comprising 80 percent local content and complete with kangaroo decals.

The 25-year production run was the longest of any British car and in February 1986 the 5,000,000th Mini was completed. With its east west engine and front wheel drive it became the standard mechanical layout for successive small cars from the 1980s. The Mini achieved cult status and was successfully raced in many areas of motorsport. Production ceased in Australia in October 1978.

This 1970 Leyland Mini K is a two-door sedan with off-white interior. The car has been resprayed in its original colour 'Damson Purple'. The engine is a 1098cc 4-cylinder unit with a single SU carburettor. It was built at BMC's Sydney plant at Zetland and used as a family car.

Margaret Simpson

Summary

Object No.

96/370/1

Object Statement

Automobile, full size, Leyland Mini K car and parts, metal / fabric / rubber, made by Leyland Australia, Zetland, New South Wales, Australia, 1970

Physical Description

Automobile, full size, Leyland Mini K car and parts, metal / fabric / rubber, made by Leyland Australia, Zetland, New South Wales, Australia, 1970

Compliance plate: YG2S1/7590
Build date: 5/70
Engine number: 10YC/Ta/H8075

-1 Motor car
-2 Wheel rims (2)
-3 Inner tubes (2)
-4 Tyre changing kit
-5 Keys on ring
-6 Mini work manual
-7 Mini K advertising manual
-8 Drivers handbook and passport to service

Dimensions

Height

1350 mm

Width

1500 mm

Weight

662 kg

Production

Notes

This particular car is a 1970 model Mini K, designed in England by noted designer, Alec Issigonis. Manufactured by Leyland Australia at Zetland, Sydney in 1970. The Morris Mini-Minor went on sale in England in 1959. In January 1961 production began in Australia at the British Motor Corporation (BMC) plant at Zetland. The Mini K was released in March 1969.

History

Owned

  • 1970-1996

Notes

Used as regular family transport by the vendor's father. Purchased new by the vendor's late father, from Larke Hoskins, Parramatta, on 9 August 1970.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1996

Acquisition Date

4 November 1996

Cite this Object

Harvard

1970 Leyland Mini K 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 September 2020, <https://ma.as/153102>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/153102 |title=1970 Leyland Mini K |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=26 September 2020 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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