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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:11 pm 
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Back in early 1987 after seeing reports in the Motoring press and media that Graham Day (the then new Rover Group Chairman), was determined to keep selling the Mini and advertise that it was still in current production (unknown to many since the launch of the Metro in 1980) and despite several years of neglect of the Mini and its marketing by Austin-Rover....I was therefore inspired to write a letter to him outlining how easy it would be technically for Austin-Rover engineers to revive the 1275cc Mini Cooper by using the MG Metro engine and gearbox, just like many of us were doing as enthusiasts at that time. I was quite surprised to get this reply below, recently rediscovered after many years in a box of my old papers......

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:52 pm 
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Brill :D


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:09 pm 
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Amazing....., you wouldn't have believed it unless you'd seen it.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:05 pm 
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That is amazing!

As Peter says - you wouldn’t believe it!

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:02 pm 
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That's cracking, guess he may have been true to his letter too, though he left Rover in '91 just pre injection Mini era.

I think they lost it when the Metro came out, should have had a lower diff and an over-driven 5th gear.

Perfect for a Mini

Instead they became economy and noise obsessed to such a degree that they couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding with ridiculous 2.76 diffs...wrong car / engine and totally wrong objectives.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:38 am 
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Great letter/response...amazing your letter to him even made it's way to his desk.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:28 pm 
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What a cracking letter!

I know realise that all the later Rover Coopers should have been Rover Bells :)

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:14 pm 
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im not sure a mini bell would have sold as well as a mini cooper :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:32 pm 
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Why not?

A Babybell does :)

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:15 pm 
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mk1 wrote:
Why not?

A Babybell does :)


:lol: :lol: :lol:


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