For sale: 1978 Leyland Mini


From the final year of Australian production, this Leyland Mini is fitted with a 1275cc motor and twin 1.25 inch carbies. Interestingly, the engine number suggests it has come from either a 1275 LS mini, or possibly a Moke Californian. Originally, the car would have had the standard 998cc engine, but the 1275cc makes a far more capable mini, with plenty of power.

The current owner purchased the car a couple of years ago, and has had both front floor pans replaced / welded in. As you can see in the images, there is rust in the normal spots which needs to be addressed. The sills, and below the rear tail lights in particular need attention.

The car is currently yellow - similar or perhaps the same as the original "Yellow Peril" paint available on the Leyland Minis at the time. There is evidence of red paint underneath the yellow, which may have been the original colour (known as "Scarlet O'Hara"). However, the paint sticker is no longer in the engine bay (and the engine bay has been painted black) so looking at those hard to reach spots and under the existing paint is the only way to really tell if that was the original colour.

The current owner recently installed a new fuel pump, after the car started to run a bit rough. The car currently turns over but won't start - likely that it may need something as simple as a new coil,  distributor or timing adjustment to get it back on the road. The car is sold as is, without registration.

This would make an excellent club car with the strong 1275cc engine. Parts for the Leyland Minis are easy to come by and the cars are relatively simple to service, making it an excellent entry vehicle to the classic car scene.

The price is negotiable. For more information contact Robert by signing in and clicking the contact seller button at the top of this page.

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12H902 engine
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Right Hand Drive