More Minis and the Month of October
More significant events in the life of the Mini from the month of October.
Elf/Hornet Go from Mk II to Mk III
1966, October. The Riley Elf and Wolseley Hornet Mk II were discontinued, and the Mk IIIs went on sale. The Elf and Hornet continued to “pioneer” Mini changes for English built cars with roll-up door windows and flow through ventilation. The Cooper-type remote shift took over from the magic wand. Over time the Elf/Hornet adopted more standard Mini Mk II characteristics, but retained the small rear window.
(Total production of Mk II: Elf, 17,816; Hornet, 16,785)
Makinen and the Munich-Vienna-Budapest Rally
1966, October. Timo Makinen won the Munich-Vienna-Budapest Rally in HJB 656D.
Big Change in England: Mk II Introduced
1967, October. The Mk I Austin/Morris saloon models were discontinued, and the Mk II models went on sale. The Super De-Luxe saloon came with a 998cc engine (introduced years earlier in the Mk II Riley Elf and Wolseley Hornet).
(Total production: Morris Mk I 850 saloon, approx. 510,000; Austin Mk I 850 saloon, approx. 435,500; Austin Mk I 998 Cooper, approx. 18,000; Morris Mk I 998 Cooper, approx. 23,500; Austin Cooper S 1275, approx. 6,400, Morris Cooper S 1275, approx. 8,200)
Mk IIs for Countryman and Traveller, Too
1967, October. The Austin Countryman and Morris Traveller Mk I (with and without wood) were discontinued. The Mk IIs (with and without wood) were introduced and came with the 998cc engine.
(Total production Mk I: Austin, approx. 85,500; Morris, approx. 75,500)
Van and Pickup 998cc Option
1967, October. The 998cc engine was offered as an option in the Mini Van and Pickup.
Mk II Mokes, Sort Of
1967, October. The English built Mokes made some minor changes; although, they were not sold under a Mk II name.
New Spanish Mini
1967, October. The Authi 1275C became available.
The 998 in Australia
1967, October. The Australian Mini became available with the 998cc engine.
Shed a Tear for the English Moke
1968, October. Moke production in England stopped.
(Total English production: 14,518; Austin 5,422; Morris, 9,096)
Short Run for the Mk IIs Over
1969, October. The Mk II models were discontinued in England, and the Mk III models went on sale badged as Mini rather than Austin and Morris (in most markets). The ADO 20 came with roll-up windows and negative ground.
(Total production: Austin Mk II 850/1000 saloon 154,000; Morris Mk II 850/1000 saloon, 206,000; Austin Cooper S Mk II, 2,400; Morris Cooper S Mk II, 5,300; Austin Van from the start of production, approx. 174,500; Morris Van from the start of production, approx. 155,000; Austin Pick-up from the start of production, approx. 18,000, Morris Pick-up from the start of production, approx. 13,500)
Mini 1000 Introduced
1969, October. The Mk II Super De-Luxe Saloon was replaced by the Mini 1000.
Woodies and Tinnies Gone
1969, October. The Mk II Austin Countryman and Morris Traveller were discontinued (with and without wood).
(Total Mk II production: Austin, 22,500; Morris, approx. 23,500)
Square Nose Makes Debut
1969, October. The Clubman Saloon and Estate became available. Both featured the “square nose” look. The Estate was not available with wood sides but had fake wood trim running the length of the car.
1275 Version with a Square Nose
1969, October. The 1275 GT became available.
Wet Suspension on Last Legs
1969, October. The hydrolastic suspension was dropped on all models; except, the Cooper S and 1275GT.
Race Track Victory
1969, October. Rhodes and Handley were 1st and 2nd at the Salzburgring in LBL 666D and LRX 827E.
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Article Date: Oct 26, 2011