1978 Leyland Mini 1275 LS

About this 1275 LS

This is a particularly interesting 1275 LS, given that the entire body shell has been de seemed, with even the wheel arch flares moulded into the bodywork. A lot of work has been done to achieve this, and the car looks amazing, but unfortunately these modifications have come at the cost of some of the cars originality.

The interior has also been re vamped, with all trims done in what appears to be cream leather / vinyl, and the seat fronts in a cream coloured cloth fabric. They have even gone to the effort of making the dash creame coloured vinyl, and the entire inside looks much like a late 90's high spec Rover Mini. The original steering wheel also appears to have been replaced by a smaller sports wheel - a common change on all mini's, but not usually the case on the LS.

If anyone has any informaton about where this one ended up, or any further details on the car that can be shared, please get in contact with us, and we will add this information to the register. You can contact us by either commenting on the car below, or viewing our contact details by clicking our club name.

About the 1978 Leyland Mini 1275 LS

The Leyland Mini Clubman 1275 LS was the last mini version to be introduced and produced in Australia. The model was intended to have a longer production run as a high spec model in the Australian line up. However, with BMC ending manufacturing in Australia, the 1275 LS ended up being a run-out model, with estimates of 800 – 1000 cars produced overall.

The 1275 LS was produced in two colours, Nugget Gold and Hi-Ho Silver, both versions having side stripes with “1275 LS” printed to distinguish them from other models in the Leyland Mini line up. As the top model in the mini range, the 1275 LS was fitted with a 1275cc engine (sourced from and built in Europe), larger 12” wheels to house bigger front disc brakes, a long range fuel tank, and several other more “luxury” features available from the Mini parts bin of that era.

Interior features included a single speaker radio, triple pod instruments, adjustable seats and Formula GT steering wheel. Silver cars were generally fitted with Red corduroy style velour cloth seats, with black vinyl seat backings, door trims and roof lining. Gold cars were fitted with the same style fabric (but chocolate brown in colour), backed by cream vinyl, door trims and roof lining.

Without reference to the features of the car as briefly outlined above, a genuine 1275 LS can only be determined by its engine and chassis number. It is worth noting that the chassis plate of a 1275 LS will not specify “LS” like was done with other pre-1978 mini’s in Australia. The correct chassis first half prefix for a 1275 LS is XNFAD18Y/. The correct engine number can come in two forms. The most common form of the first half of the engine number prefix is 12H902. The other is 12H897.

It is unknown how many 1275 LS’s are still on the road, however, we have managed to collect the details of a decent number of cars on www.classicregister.com. If you have any information about any of the cars we have on this register, or would like to have your 1275 LS put on the register, please get in contact with us.

Follow this link for the identification guide we have drawn up for the 1275LS.

Vehicle details

Added on 11 Oct 2014

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Vehicle Location: Country: 
Build date: 
built in October 1978
Manual (floor shift)
Paint Colour/Code: 
Nugget Gold: Dulon, Paint Code 562-30825
Interior Colour/Code: 
Brown Cloth seats, cream vinyl seat backing and door trims, creme head lining
Engine Fuel Type: 
Petrol (4 stroke)
Engine Number: 
Unknown (please contact us if you know)
Chassis Number: 


Mini LS Register of Australia's picture

A member recently confirmed spotting this car in Coolangatta in February 2016. If the owner stumbles accross this page, please get in touch with us as we would love to know some more history about this car :)

Bundanoon Car Club's picture

Interesting car! You don't see many around the streets anymore, I'm surprised there are so man 1275 LS cars on this register!