A for an­tique

Wheels (Australia) - - Classic Wheels -

Mini’s magic lay in the four-speed gear­box mounted in the sump; a con­tem­po­rary mo­tor­cy­cle in­no­va­tion. The four-cylin­der A-se­ries dated from 1951’s Austin A30, with three main bear­ings and iron block and (non-cross­flow ohv) head. Mini unit dis­placed 848cc; with sin­gle SU carb it gave 25kw at 5500rpm and 60Nm at 2900rpm. 0-60mph (97km/h), at 26.5 sec­onds, was still five sec­onds quicker than a Tri­umph Her­ald.

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