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Classic Mini, Mini Saloons - 1975 -mid '80s (various models including Mk4)





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We are able to offer three different types of seat covers for this period; originally a large array of cloth seats were originally fitted to the cars, butmany of thos ematerials are now unavailable. Most of those cloth seat designs, although much vaunted upon their introduction, gained a terrible reputation for durability. There are few original examples of these car interiors now that do not show undue signs of wear and tear, sun damage, consequent perishing and often sandy degradation of the cheap foam filling. the '70s were of necessity a period of cost-cutting and cosmetic dressing-up to increase profitability across the whole range of cars, and unfortunately this has been reflected in part by a relatively low survival rate for later Mk3 and Mk4 saloons.

The Mk4 saloons had their own design of vinyl seat cover, with cloth centred designs an optional extra on the Mini 1000 and standard fitment to all of the Clubman range from the Mk4's introduction in 1976. We can only really offer as near alternatives, the vinyl Mk3 clubman design seat covers, or alterntivaley the two later styles used in the early 1980s of houndstooth and plaid/checked seats. Alternatively again to help offer more variety in this problematic era, we offer our own design 'Monte-Carlo' seat covering kits which include uprated foams and traditionally styled seat covers with a much greater variety of colours available. The houndstooth covers were fitted to the base models of the early '80s, like the Mini City, and at the other end of the range the plaid/checked seats were a hallmark of the various HL or 'High-Line' models that began to be offered. Both materials originated not in the Mini range, butfrom the Triumph stable where they had been used on the later models of spitfire and TR7 respectively.

We can supply either full trim panel kits, or individual parts. Some Mk4 saloons from 1976 onwards were allowed the option of the offset dash, which also kept cropping up as a high spec feature on the various limited editions that sold so successfully around this time. Most saloons by the end of the 1970s were 998cc engined Mini 1000 models, and these still featured the oval type speedo binnacle as standard, which increasingly began to crop up on '850 Super' models which would otherwise have still retained the austere central speedo only (the centre speedo surprisingly lasted into the early '80s on base model Mini City variants).


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