This identification guide has been written for the Australian Leyland Mini 1275 LS, produced during 1978. The 1275 LS was the highest specification version of the Mini sold in Australia at the time, and became a run-out model at the end of BMC’s operations, with approximately 800 produced. These vehicles are increasingly desirable, and this guide has been produced to assist prospective purchasers, enthusiasts, or existing vehicle owners in determining a vehicles authenticity. This guide includes information such as exterior features, interior features, mechanical features, paint colours / codes and information on the relevant chassis and engine numbers. This guide is based on a variety of enthusiast input and online sources, with the intention of creating an information hub for the Australian Mini LS, among other rare and desirable cars. Please contribute your knowledge to make this guide as accurate as possible. Create an account to contact the author or comment at the base of the guide page.

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This is a very rare 1275LS mini - unfortunately reduced to just the shell. Many LS cars were parted out in the 90s for their desirable parts, such as 8.4" disc brakes and 1275cc motor. This shell was advertised online in early 2015, and has a fair amount of rust, but would make a great project. Unfortunately, LS engines are very hard to come accross, but it would be great to see the car returned to its original state.

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You are looking at a very original 1964 Studebaker Daytona coupe, well kept and a well documented. This Daytona coupe has been repainted in the original factory Avanti Red. The car was taken down to bare metal at the time of repaint and appears very nice. Super solid body and undercarriage, no rust issues ever.


The car retains the original interior in excellent condition. No rips, tears and no fade.

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FOR SALE - 1978 Leyland Mini 1275LS. This is a complete car, with all the gear. Like most LS's, it does have some rust issues, but all are repairable. This is a perfect project for someone looking to restore an original 1275LS. The car was originally Hi-Ho Silver, however, has been painted Burgandy at some point. As you can see from the photo's. it siu a very original car, and everything is where it should be for a 1275LS.

Should you be interested, please contact Ivan Glasby on 0414593314. The car is currently located at Riverstone, NSW, however, the location may change. 

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FOR SALE: 1978 Leyland Mini 1275LS shell. This belongs to a friend of mine, and after 17 years, he is parting with it in hope that someone else may want to take over the project. The shell, like most 1275LS cars, does have rust, but is repairable. If anyone is interested, please call Ivan Glasby on 0414593314. The car is located in Riverstone, NSW currently, however, the location may change.

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This is one of very few final series Jensen Interceptors surviving today. Only 4255 Interceptor MKIII's of all kinds were built between 1971 and 1976. This would make the number much smaller today, and therefore this is a very rare vehicle. The car has low mileage, and is also in its original Royal Blue colour. The original colour / code is shown above. The IIIs made from 1974 to 1976 were classified by the factory as the Series 4 and Series 5, and received the best equipment, and are regarded as the most refined of all the Interceptors.

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This LS was for sale in 2014/15, and has undergone a bare metal restoration. The car has been completely stripped back (originally was nugget Gold), and repainted in a ford orange. 

Other than the paint colour change, the car is largely original. Its a shame the colour was not kept original, but anyway, it makes for an interesting looking 1275LS. Engine was also fitted with a webber carby (stock should be a 1.5" SU carby. 

Amazing condition - hopefully finds a buyer soon. If anyone finds out who buys the car, let me know so we can get some further details.

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We have had this LS since around 2005, after finding it for sale on a Mosman street in Sydney. It has had a large amount of work done to it prior to our purchase, and thankfully has been restored in its original Hi-Ho silver colour. A few other chromed bits and pieces in the engine bay, and extra painted parts too (they went with a bright blue theme on accessories). The car had hotwire mags, which have now been replaced by the original LS wheels.

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This 998LS was on Ebay, January 2014. The car appears to be completely original, other than its white paint. The blue 998LS cars were the most common of the 998 LS's, followed by those produced in gold, silver and green which were produced in late 77/78 in lead up to the release of the 1275 LS.

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Car arrived in Australia with around 82,000km from Japan. It's basically stock beside some NISMO items and HKS BOV's.