1978 Leyland Mini 1275 LS

About this 1275 LS

This 1275 LS was for sale some time ago on an ausmini forum.  The whereabouts of the car now are unknown, so please contact us if you have any further details of the current status of this car.

Other than the missing engine, this car appears to be fairly original. I note however that although this car has the correct type of seats, I assume that they have been re trimmed in full beige, as the Gold 1275 LS should have come with brown velour trim.  The steering wheel is also different to the formula GT wheel which should normally be on an LS.  Another additional feature not always on the 1275 LS model, are the foglights mounted in the grille.  This was a feature which came on all 998cc LS models, however, was an option on the 1275 LS.  This feature could therefore possibly be factory, or an aftermarket change. Further, it appears that someone has installed wood and picket flares, rather than replacing the original factory clubman flares on the guards. The car also has a sunroof, of a type commonly fitte dto minis in the 70's, which could possibly be a dealer accessory, or an aftermarket change.

Other than these above items, the car seems reasonably solid for an LS.  As mentioned above, if you have any further information about this car, or any other LS you would like us to add to the register, then please let me know by clicking on the club username to see our contact details.

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 is our guide on how to identify a genuine Leyland mini 1275LS:


Vehicle details

Added on 9 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: 
Engine no longer in car
Chassis Number: