September 1960
The official launch and the first production change.
The Austin Se7en Countryman and the Morris Mini Traveller were officially launched on Friday 16th September 1960.
This is a copy of the official press release sent out by BMC at Cowley:
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The only difference between the Austin Se7en Countryman and the Morris Mini Traveller was the badging and the front grille.
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The first cars were available in the same paint colours as the Mini Saloons of the time.  The interior also matched that of the saloon, with a white speedo housed in a single round cowling and two-tone seats.  Costing £623, the estates were available only in the De Luxe trim level, which included a recirculating heater, bumper overriders, silver insert round the screen, and chrome sill edging, filler cap and wheel trims.  Two wing mirrors were fitted as standard, since this was a legal requirement at the time for estate cars, but a rear view mirror was an optional extra, as were seatbelts!
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The rear floor pressing of the early estates resembled that of an extended saloon, with the battery being retained in its traditional Mini location in the boot.  One of the most interesting things about the very early Traveller and Countryman cars was the internal fuel tank.  The tank was positioned on the left hand side in the rear of the car and was trimmed to match the boot.  These so-called internal tank cars are easily recognisable by the filler cap being just underneath the rear window on the left hand side of the car.  Production of the internal tank cars was so limited that these have become the most sought after of all Mini estates.
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Late September 1960 also saw the first production change to the model as drip rails were added above the front doors.
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