Large 1/12 Scale Cars
Large models with exceptional levels of detailing
In September 1960, BMC launched the Austin and Morris estate car versions of the Mini saloons, based on the floorpan of the Mini van. However, like the saloon, the fuel tank was situated on the near-side of the boot behind a trim panel and the spare wheel and battery were placed under a hinged floor panel. (Later, the tank would be put under the floor like the van, and the spare and battery would be re-positioned.) Because of the popularity of the Morris Minor Traveller, both versions were offered with a wooden frame glued to the rear section and the Morris was also given the name 'Traveller', the Austin Se7en was called 'Countryman'. Unlike on the Morris Minor, this wooden frame was purely decorative and had no structural purpose, which was shown by the all-metal versions which were launched in the UK in October 1962. All estates had a trim level equivalent to a De Luxe saloon, with the addition of wing-mounted mirrors and sliding rear side windows as standard.