The Innocenti Mini was introduced in 1974. The vehicle was a rebodied, three-door hatchback version of the Mini, styled by Bertone. A five-door prototype was developed around 1980, but was never put into production. After having been sold to de Tomaso in 1976, the Innocenti Mini ended up being powered by Daihatsu-sourced three-cylinder engines and continued in production in incrementally updated forms until 1993.
At one point there were even plans for the Bertone-designed Mini to replace the original British Mini, but these came to nothing. Innocenti’s Mini version was generally nicely equipped and had a better finish than their British brethren, leading to higher sales and a better reputation in many continental European markets. The largest improvement was the addition of a rear hatch, allowing for improved access to the luggage compartment.
This Mini has been restored in the colours of the Principality of Monaco. The interior is also in splendid red and white. The car has an Italian registration. A fun car to use every day that has cross-generational appeal. A true icon in the history of the motorcar.