Austin Mini Clubman 1275 GT (U59)


Vehicle Description

For Sale 1981 Austin Mini 1275 GT
Registered: 21/03/1981
Mileage: 61017
5 Former keepers

In 1969, under the ownership of British Leyland, the Mini was given a facelift by stylist Roy Haynes, who had previously worked for Ford. The restyled version was called the Mini Clubman, and has a squarer frontal look, using the same indicator/sidelight assembly as the Austin Maxi. The Mini Clubman was intended to replace the upmarket Riley and Wolseley versions. At launch all Clubmans were powered by the 998cc engine as already used in the Mini 1000, with 38bhp. A more sporting model with the 1275cc single-carburettor 59bhp engine, dubbed the 1275 GT, was slated as the replacement for the 998 cc Mini Cooper (the 1,275 cc Mini Cooper S continued alongside the 1275 GT for two years until 1971). The Clubman Estate replaced the Countryman and Traveller. The original "round-front" design Mini remained in production alongside the Clubman and 1275 GT in 850 and 1000 forms as lower-priced models in the new Mini range.

Mini Clubman Estate
Production of the Clubman and 1275 GT got off to a slow start because the cars incorporated "lots of production changes" including the relocation of tooling from the manufacturer's Cowley plant to the Longbridge plant: very few cars were handed over to customers before the early months of 1970.[69]

Early domestic market Clubmans were still delivered on cross-ply tyres despite the fact that by 1970 radials had become the norm for the car's mainstream competitors.[69] By 1973 new Minis were, by default, being shipped with radial tyres, though cross-plies could be specified by special order, giving British buyers a price saving of £8.[70]

Mini 1275 GT
The 1275 GT is often incorrectly described as the "Mini Clubman 1275 GT". The official name was always just the "Mini 1275 GT", and it was a separate, distinct model from the Clubman (although it shared the same frontal treatment as the Mini Clubman, and was launched at the same time).

In 1971, the 1,275 cc Mini Cooper S was discontinued in the UK, leaving the Mini 1275 GT as the only sporting Mini on sale for the rest of the decade. Innocenti in Italy, however, continued making their own version of the Mini Cooper for some time. While the UK-built 1275 GT was not nearly as quick as a 1275 Mini Cooper S, it was cheaper to buy, run, and insure. It was the first Mini to be equipped with a tachometer. It also featured a standard-fit close-ratio gearbox, and initially had 10-inch (25.4 cm) Rostyle wheels covering the 7.5inch (19.05 cm) Cooper S type disc brakes, and a boot board; both were dropped in 1974. Performance of the 1275GT was lively for the time, achieving 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 12.9 seconds, and the excellent mid-range torque offered a 30–50 mph (48–80 km/h) time in top gear of only nine seconds. The bluff front, however, meant that the model struggled to reach 90 mph (140 km/h).

From 1975 the standard Clubman and Clubman Estate received the 1098cc engine (as also fitted to the Austin Allegro) with 45bhp, although Clubmans with the AP automatic transmission retained the less powerful 998cc power unit.

Throughout the 1970s, British Leyland continued to produce the classic 1959 "round-front" design, alongside the newer Clubman and 1275 GT models. The long-nose Clubman and 1275 GT offered better crash safety, were better equipped, and had better under-bonnet access, but they were more expensive and aerodynamically inferior to the original 1959 design. The Mini Clubman and 1275 GT were replaced in 1980 by the new hatchback Austin Metro, while production of the original "round-front" Mini design continued for another 20 years. At the end of Clubman and 1275 GT production, 275,583 Clubman saloons, 197,606 Clubman Estates and 110,673 1275 GTs had been made.[39]

Fiennes Showroom are offering for sale this highly featured Mini 1275 GT which is very late car registered as production finished in 1980.
KBL 712W was commissioned by British Motor Heritage Ltd to have a full nut and bolt rebuild.
In 2006 a complete restoration programme started with a new shell being supplied. KBL712W was being featured in The Mini Magazine throughout the build. Every section of the build from wiring, subframe assembly, running gear, trim, fit up was featured and gave a detailed level of knowledge in how you can rebuild a Mini with or without the need of specialist services.
The Gt has covered around 11,000 miles since the build in 2006 and has certainly been seen at many shows attended by British Motor Heritage.
Finished in Rio red with light grey carpets, two tone grey seats, Moto-lita leather steering wheel and minilite wheels.
The engine was built by Pitstop and runs very well with a smooth 4 speed gearbox.
Currently the 1275 logo and stripe have been removed as there is slight lacquer peel on the passenger door which we will rectify for the new owner and supply and fit new transfers.
Another Great British Classic forsale for the first time since a rebuild in 2006

The car is located at Fiennes Showroom where you can view the car, Fiennes Showroom can offer full workshop facilites, Classic car finance to suit your needs, Vehicle storage, Vehicle detailing and finally Vehicle transportation.

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Technical Details

Vehicle Details

Make Austin
Model Mini
Mileage 61017
Year 1981
Number of Owners 6
Transmission Manual
Fuel Type Petrol
Model Variant Clubman 1275 GT
Body Type Saloon
Doors 2
Colour Red


Torque 0
Engine Size 1275
Acceleration 0
Top Speed 0


Average MPG 0
Urban 0
Extra Urban 0

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