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The Mini 30 pictured here was one a series of anniversary Mini models produced over the car’s lifetime. Indeed, ever since the Classic Mini’s 20th birthday in 1979, an anniversary model was produced every 5yrs culminating with the Mini 40 in 1999, so the current MINI 60 joins a long list.
The original anniversary model was the 1100 Special & was undoubtedly the best of the lot. Firstly, it was discernibly different to the standard car with a 1098cc A-Series engine (as opposed to the usual 848 or 998) which was from the Mini Clubman & base Austin Allegros. Indeed, this was the only installation of this engine in the ‘round-fronted’ Mini.
The car had numerous upgrades over the normal model & was a massive success for BL as they made 5,100 when they originally planned to produce 2,500.
Such a success meant another anniversary model would appear if they car lived long enough. In 1984, saw the Mini 25 appeared & a pattern was set. The anniversary model would be normally based on the higher spec model (Mayfair for the 25 & 30, Cooper for the 40th) it would have an upgraded interior (nicer upholstery etc), while outside it would have the usual cosmetic stickers & badging.
The Mini 30 here is a typical example. It had the unique badging on the bonnet while decals appear on the sides & boot.
The car was available in two colours: Pearlescent Cherry Red or Black & it wore alloy wheels which were similar to the famous ‘60s Minilite ones.
Some 3,000 Mini 30s were made & interestingly this car actually served as the basis for the reborn Mini Cooper in 1990 (though that had a 1275cc engine as opposed to the 30’s classic 998). Incidentally, this immaculate example is photographed not far from my home & the view below is Dublin. at Ticknock - The Dublin Mountains