1978: The Best Mini Yet!

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Even in the throes of its seemingly endless decline and fall, British Leyland was still able to get one car more or less right: the tough little Mini.

Was the '78 the best Mini built during the first couple of decades of production? Raymond Baxter claims that's the case in this British Leyland dealer-training video, with the "fashionable matte black grille" and backup lights as standard equipment, to name just two improvements. Of course, others had ripped off the Mini's innovative front-drive/transverse-engine design by then, but Baxter shows that the Fiesta and Renault 5 just couldn't compete.



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Leeeeena the Jalopchick

There are at least five original Minis on the San Francisco Craigslist right now. I'm starting to get mad at myself for looking, because now I want one.

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