Issigonis Mini 9X
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.