Australia's First Mini
Introduced in March 1961, the Morris 850
was the first Australian produced Mini
Introduced in March 1961, the Morris 850 was the first Australian produced Mini
‘Born’ on March 23, 1961, the Morris 850 was marketed as “incredible” by BMC, referencing the revolutionary design of the iconic small car.
The 850 was the first Mini to be produced and available for sale in Australia, and although similar to overseas models, it was unique to the local market with type code YMA2S1.
Countless changes were made throughout production, including more than 30 different paint colours, cementing the incredible 850 as truly Australian.
A total of 60,188 cars were produced before production ceased in 1965.
Not sure when your 850 was made, or even if your Mini is actually an 850? Check out the identification pages for more information.
More than 30 different paint colours were used across production, with availability varying over time. See samples and photos of colours.
The Morris 850 seat trim was unique to Australia, with a range of patterns, colours and styles used at different stages of production.