Thursday 12 March 2020 | British Motor Museum | Gaydon

LOOK NO GEARBOX – The Mini gearless prototype – see it at FAST Live

Although Sir Alec Issigonis officially retired from British Leyland in 1971, he was retained as a consultant. Among his later projects was this gearless Mini, also known as the ‘City Car’.

It had no clutch, gearbox or any form of variable ratio drive mechanism. The drive is taken through a torque converter to a simple forward and reverse gear built-in unit with the final drive. The engine is the experimental 9X, also designed by Issigonis and tuned to give sufficient torque over a wide rev-band.

Pre-register as a FAST Live visitor and receive a free British Motor Museum pass (worth £14.95) to see this Mini and almost 300 other fascinating vehicles from the UK’s automotive past whilst you are on site. Pre-registered visitors also benefit from abundant free parking right outside the show, a free bacon roll and brew for those arriving before 1030, and free tea and coffee on site all day.

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