About this 1275 LS
This car was for sale in 2012, located in the ACT. I am not sure where this car ended up, so again, if anyone has information, please pass this on so we can add the information to classic register. In particular, we don't know the engine number for this car, which is important data to have.
The pictures don't tell to much about the condition of the car, however, from what we have, it seems to be fairly original. It possibly still has its original paint (if it has veen very wel looked after), and does seem to have its original red velour trimmed seats.
As noted on our other 1275 LS car profiles on classic register, these cars are very hard to come by now, and the fact that so many have either been parted out or have rusted out, this has made a rare car even more rare. There were only 800 of these high spec 1275 LS cars produced before Leyland shout down mini manufacturing in Australia for good. If anyone has any information about this car, or any other 1275 LS they would like to add, please get in contact with me.
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.
Here's our guide on how to identify a 1275LS:
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