I spent all day yesterday at the LeMay museum, the largest private car colection in the world. There were three classic mini’s in the show, Lillibeth, creampuff, and Daves’ Innocenti. My favorite car of the show was the Innocenti (which won the LeMay award by the way) It wasn’t the fastest car, not the prettiest, it was the one that generated the most real conversation. Italy took the best of the Mini and made it better, many options that came with the Cooper S versions were standard on the Innocenti. Upgraded interiors, and much richer colors are also a marque of an Innocenti.
Dave said the Italians upgraded the steel, and other components, leaving the engine and drive train as stock British bits for the car. I heard Issagonis hated design, I wonder what the Mini would look like if Ferrari were let loose on the body? Anyway, this was certanly a car worthy of the LeMay award, the car that would be most desired in the collection. Well done Dave.