This guide has been written for the Australian Mini Clubman GT (as distinct from the 1275GT available in the UK and several other markets). The Australian Clubman GT was sold in Australia and New Zealand in very low numbers, and was introduced to provide a replacement performance version of the Mini following the end of Cooper S production. These cars shared many features with their Cooper S predecessor, but have many of their own unique changes and characteristics. Due to their specifications, close links to the Cooper S and their involvement in motorsport, the GT is a highly desirable car among collectors. With some exceptions, prices paid for GTs are generally well above many other models in the Mini range.
The majority of Clubman GT cars were sold new in Australia, with an original retail price of $2,502 (AUD). A number of Australian built Clubman GTs were also exported to New Zealand in early 1973. Due to the low production numbers, information on these cars can be difficult to confirm, and we appreciate any information and assistance from owners and enthusiasts in adding to or improving the accuracy of information in this guide. For several examples of these cars, see Classic Register's Clubman GT Register.
Production numbers and period of manufacture:
Number Produced: 1200 (1001 sold in Australia, 198 in New Zealand (during 1973) and 1 to the United States).
Period of Manufacture: Production commenced July 1971 (available for sale to the public on the 16th August 1971). The GT is believed to have been built through to January 1973, with the last cars being complied in January 1973.
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Seat and door trim patterns:
The GT received a unique vinyl trim design, which actually differs slightly to its standard Clubman counterpart of the same era. We note that early GTs have a basket-weave trim pattern on the seat and door card inserts, whilst later cars replaced the basket-weave inserts with flat panels. Unfortunately, we have not been able to confirm precisely when this changeover occurred, but have provided examples in the images to show the difference in pattern between the earlier and later designs.
Regardless of whether the cars had the basket-weave or flat-panel design, these insert panels on the seats were rolled and stitched to the seat vinyl (as opposed to the standard Clubman - which had these insert panels simply embossed into the vinyl trim). Similarly, when it comes to the door cards and rear quarter cards on the GT, the insert panels are heat-welded onto the card trim material, whilst the standard Clubman cards were embossed. This difference means that genuine Clubman GT trim is extremely difficult to find, or accurately replicate.
Carpets and seatbelts:
Carpets in the GT were a loop pile design, having the same square grid foot-pad as the MK2 Morris Cooper S, also with toe pad on the inner-guard carpeted section. According to several owners of original cars, in the majority of cases the trim colour applied to the seats was also reflected in the carpet colour as well as in the seatbelt colour. There are, however, believed to be some exceptions to this.
Clubman GT trim colour availability:
The below table outlines the interior trim colours available on the Clubman GT cars from 1971 - 1973. These colours are based on a number of examples sighted, and Leyland specification sheets (attached in the images). Despite the options shown in the specification sheets, we have only been able to sight and obtain several examples of trim colours. If any owners or enthusiasts out there have better images and examples, please contact us so we can improve this section.
|Kidskin||Common (very pale trim)||71-72|
|Casino Blue||None sighted||72-73|
|Antique Parchment||Darker than Kidskin||72-73|
|Cherry Red||None sighted||72-73|
Based on our research to date, the paint codes listed in the table below were available on the Australian Clubman GT. Should you have any information regarding additional colours not listed here, or have better examples of images we could use in this section, please contact us. The paint code was listed on a small decal next to the vehicle compliance plate, an example of which is provided in the images.
The Leyland and Dulux paint charts in the images have been displayed for historical purposes, and we note that these reflect the colours available across all cars in the BMC range during the relevant year, not necessarily the Clubman GT.
Clubman GT paint colours and codes:
|Colour name||Leyland (Aust.) code||Dulux/Dulon code||Years|
|Bold as Brass||8300||15089||71-73|
|Crystal White||6400||11572 (HM 5919)||71-73|
|Gambier Turquoise||4700||12626 (HK 5429)||71-72|
|Home On Th'orange||15416||73|
Clubman GT stripe / decal colours:
|Paint Colour name||Decal colours available|
|Arianca Tan||Black, Gold|
|Bold as Brass||Black|
|Country Cream||Black, Gold|
|Crystal White||Black, Gold|
|Home On Th'orange||Black, Gold|
|Jet Red||Black, Gold|
|Space Blue||Black, Gold|
Chassis number and prefix:
The Clubman GT has a chassis number prefix YG2S8, followed by a 3- or 4-digit unique car number. Car numbers commenced at 501.
The chassis number is stamped in two locations:
We note that stamped compliance plates can be purchased new and stamped to a customer's liking, and therefore the identity of a car should not be determined based on a compliance plate alone. The chassis number stamping in the body of the car is the most important of these two number locations, and should be assessed in conjunction with the body number outlined below.
Body number and prefix:
The body number of the GT is stamped into the bulkhead (behind the brake / clutch master cylinder). You will see a prefix of "M2" over "23" stamped (which identifies the shell as a Clubman GT). Below this, the body number of the car will be stamped. Body numbers commenced at 001, and therefore the body number will be approximately 500 units less than the car's chassis number (explained above).
Engine number prefixes:
The engine prefix and number is located on the top of the engine block, directly under the number 1 spark plug. You will see a flat area where the number is punched in. Clubman GT’s always had the number punched into the block (i.e. - did not have a riveted tag). As these engines were produced in Britain, if you look closely at the engine number stamping area, you will notice the remains of the push-rivets which were used to affix the engine number plate on UK-spec vehicles. Several different engine number prefixes were applied to GT engine blocks between 1971 and 1973. The difference in specification between the engines is further outlined below.
Factory fitted engine numbers:
Prefix 1: 9F/Xe/Y - This prefix is as per the MK2 Cooper S, and was applied to very early GTs in 1971. The prefix will be followed by a 6-digit unique engine number in the range of 56300 – 56500. These engines are to Cooper S specification and included removable tappet covers on the rear of the engine block.
Prefix 2: 1200 - This prefix was applied to the vast majority of Clubman GTs, and has been sighted on cars as early as August 1971. During October 1971, these 1200 prefixed motors are believed to have become the exclusive engine fitted to all GTs through to late 1972. Other than the change in prefix, these engines were identical to the 9FXEY Cooper S engines.
Prefix 3: 1205 - This prefix was specific to police Clubman GTs ordered under Special Purchase Order 28 ("SPO. 28"). These engines were of the same specification as the 1200 prefixed engines, but had slightly different ancillaries as outlined under the police section in this guide.
Prefix 4: 1206 - This prefix was introduced to the GT in late 1972. Unlike the engines outlined above, this block had a solid rear wall among other features, and was closer to the 1275GT model offered in the UK and some other markets.
Prefix 5: 1207 -This was the later prefix applied to police Clubman GTs ordered under Special Purchase Order 28 ("SPO. 28"). Like the 1206 prefixed engine above, this block had a solid rear wall among other features, but had slightly different ancillaries to the standard 1206 GT engine as outlined in the police section of this guide.
Non-production (replacement short engine) prefixes:
Different prefixes were applied to spare short engines (those not installed in cars from the factory). These are as follows:
Prefix 1: 1201 or 1202 - These were a replacement short engine for the 9F/Xe/Y or 1200 prefixed engines fitted to the GT.
Prefix 3: 1208 - This was a replacement short engine for the 1206 prefixed engines fitted to the GT.
Prefix 3: 1209 - This was a replacement short engine for the 1205 and 1207 prefixed police engines fitted to the GT. This engine is believed to have had a solid rear block wall so was technically not an equivalent replacement for the 1205 block.
Differences between the engines:
The engine blocks originally applied to the GT broadly fall into two families:
1. 9FXEY, 1200 and 1205 prefixed engines
2. 1206 and 1207 prefixed engines
Clubman GT optional features:
The following optional features were available at additional cost. Note, additional options (such as a sunroof) may have been offered by dealers, but were not factory fitted unless for promotional cars.
|Exterior rear view mirror||$6.45|
|Front floor mats||$5.40|
|Body decals (bonnet & side stripes)|
|Sports steering wheel (Moto-Lita style)||$39.00|
ADRs applicable to the Clubman GT:
The compliance plate on each GT states which ADRs apply to that particular vehicle. The date the vehicle was complied (rather than the vehicle build date) will determine which rules are applicable. The vast majority of ADRs relevant to the GT applied throughout the cars entire production period. However, there were several ADR changes part-way through GT production, causing certain variations between 1971 complied and later complied vehicles. Rather than listing all ADRs applicable to the GT, the below table summarises specifically the ADRs that caused changes in the GT part way through production. We note that several examples of these changes have been provided in the exterior/interior sections of this guide.
|ADR code||Date introduced||ADR description||Description|
|1||01/01/1972||Reversing signal lamps||Double filament indicator lenses installed in all cars from 01/1972, wired up as reverse lamps.|
|11||01/01/1972||Internal sun-visors||A revised design applied from 01/1972 due to the larger mirror required per ADR 14. See Interior Features section for size details.|
|14||01/01/1972||Rear vision mirrors||A larger mirror was applied to cars from 01/1972 for greater visibility.|
|22||01/01/1972||Head restraints||No headrests pre 1972. From 01/1972, a large style head rests was applied to the GT. However, a late style change saw later cars receive a smaller design headrest.|
The Clubman GT was the last of the performance Minis to be used by the Australian police (NSW Police Force) as a pursuit vehicle, with official police documentation confirming these vehicles were tuned to exceed 100 mph, built to BMC's Special Production Order #28 ("SPO 28") specification.
Police GTs were produced between September 1971 and March 1972, with the cars fairly quickly phased out in favour of vehicles like the Holden Torana. CAMS documentation relating to the police specification 1205 engines fitted to police GTs provides some evidence of the number of cars built, as this engine code was homologated with CAMS for racing purposes along with other GT engine prefixes. It is noted that only 108 of these 1205 engine cars were homologated in total. The following table outlines the number of police vehicles produced each month with the 1205 engine prefix:
|Build month||Number built|
Police specification vehicles are believed to have been delivered through dealer "Lark Hoskins" in Sydney. It is rumoured that the 13 final cars built in March 1972 never actually made it into police service, and were sold directly to the public. Unfortunately, we do not have any information with respect to the number of cars fitted with the 1207 engine prefix, and have not sighted an example. If anyone has further details about these cars, please make contact with us.
Police GT Specifications:
The police GTs were fitted with a number of unique features which can distinguish them from standard production models. Many of these features were removed from the cars when they were sold to the public following service, however, there are certain traces of items that will indicate a police-spec vehicle.
Mechanical specifications of SPO 28:
Attached is a small collection of original documents, articles and extracts related to the Australian Clubman GT. The intention is to display these here for historical purposes.
If anyone has copies of early documentation (such as brochures, reviews, advertisements or specification sheets), please contact us so we can display the information.
Please note, all documentation placed here is not owned by Classic Register, and is for historical reference and educational purposes only. Upon request from any original copyright owner, the material will be removed.
We are still seeking additional information on these cars and would appreciate any input and evidence that can be provided. During our research we have struggled to confirm a number of items, and have summarised below a list of information necessary to complete this page. If you are able to assist with any of these items, please email us at email@example.com.
Other details required:
Sources / acknowledgements:
The following sources, alongside input from many owners and enthusiasts and our own inspection of cars has contributed to the creation of this page: