What might have been …

Today I received (from my favourite eBay seller “CadillacAlex”) a Rover group press release from March 1997 (before Rover & BMW split, with MINI going to BMW).
… unveil a revolutionary new Mini design concept – Spiritual … a full four-seat family car achieved in a package of just 3.1 metres [10 feet, the same as the original Mini and much shorter than the MINI]
… powered by a flat three-cylinder engine mounted under the rear seats and driving the rear wheels … exceptionally compact but can seat four adults in comfort [like the new MINI? ;)] and meets all forthcoming safety and emissions demands.
… Spiritual Too extends the same compact design to a larger five-door car …
[Spiritual] is not the new Mini; it is a free-thinking approach to the long-term challenges of a future generation.

5 thoughts on “What might have been …

  1. I’ve seen these concepts at Gaydon and they are as odd looking in the metal as they are here. I’m so glad these were never made. I was there for the 40th anniversary of the original Mini and almost everyone there disliked them – maybe that’s why they weren’t made…

  2. Surprising enough, if you stare at the bottom photo and then glance at the top one, you can see some similarities in the bonnet area.

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