Issigonis Mini 9X

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - 10 Of The Best -

Mini de­signer and all round clever chap Sir Alec Issigonis was pas­sion­ate about re­plac­ing his won­der­ful 1959 baby, and from the mid-1960s had been work­ing hard to im­prove its win­ning for­mula. On pa­per, what emerged as the 9X cer­tainly looked set to do that – it was shorter and roomier than the Mini, would be cheaper to build, and should have been more ef­fi­cient with its lighter body and more pow­er­ful new en­gine. The hatch­back tail­gate shows just how far Issigonis was ahead of the game. Look­ing at it to­day serves to re­mind us just how close we were to los­ing the clas­sic Mini by 1970!

WHY WASN’T IT MADE?

This one was killed by the cre­ation of Bri­tish Ley­land in 1968. It would have cost lots of money to put into pro­duc­tion, and as the new man­age­ment was keen to put Issigonis out to pas­ture, there was no way that they were go­ing to put his new car into pro­duc­tion. In the end, we got the Al­le­gro.

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