Certain MINI purists have taken issue with the expanded lineup of vehicles currently occupying the brand’s vehicle lineup, contending that four-door, four wheel drive vehicles are not accurate representations of the storied “Mini” brand. However MINI has been producing Cooper variants for almost as long as the brand has been in existence. Exhibit A: The Austin America Countryman.
While the Austin America Countryman is miles removed from the current-day MINI Countryman, it does bare a striking resemblance to the modern Clubman. It’s safe to assume that the existing Clubman took some styling cues from its predecessor, most notably the extended rear end and additional cargo space. The Austin America Countryman (sometimes referred to as the Morris MINI Traveler) was Mini’s response to a burgeoning “wagon” market, and over 100,000 were estimated to be produced in its 8-year run of production from 1961-1969. This car is currently for sale on Ebay and in remarkable condition. The body is said to be rust-free and the interior appears to be in immaculate shape.
MINI enthusiasts may not ever come around to the drastic styling changes that are currently taking place at corporate headquarters, but it’s important to remember that the brand has a history of thinking outside the box. After all, isn’t that part of the MINI charm?
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