To help celebrate the 50th birthday of the Mini here is an electronic copy of an Australian Morris 850 brochure from the early 1960s. There are 12 images in all, and if you would like a closer look click on each pic to load a larger version.
Minis were made in Australia from 1961 to 1978. Production took place in Sydney and from 1961 to 1975 the cars were assembled at Zetland. In 1975 manufacturing shifted to Enfield. According to online sources a total of 176,284 Minis were built in Australia, plus an additional 26,142 Mini Mokes.
The brochure is a charming time capsule of its era and proudly boasts some delightful claims, including:
- A car that handles like a racer with the solidity of a bus!
- All the POWER you can use!
- No wonder Morris 850 is the man’s car women are crazy about.
Also included in the brochure are full specifications and a list of numerous awards and media clippings.
Helping to capture the Mini’s Australian past is a 1970 Leyland Mini in the Powerhouse Museum‘s permanent collection.