In the days when Minis were rolling off the production line, as a new model or engine type was introduced it was designated a special prefix code. The code, together with a serial number, was used to form unique identification numbers for each unit.
Decades later in the present day, these numbers can be quite confusing and mysterious to the untrained eye. This is exacerbated by many incomplete and inaccurate sources that are available in the public domain.
Identifying an unknown Mini or engine can be an enjoyable challenge, and eight-fifty.com can now assist by providing the best-known online resource for Australian Mini identification codes.
A series of tables listing every known code used on local models has been published at Australian Model Identification. These list model name, type prefix, engine prefix, capacity and footnotes for each model.
This is the common name for a particular model, which is not necessarily the official factory designation (e.g. Morris Mini K is used instead of Morris Mini Deluxe Mk2).
The prefix code used to identify the car model.
The prefix code used to identify the engine type. These are often shared across multiple models.
The corresponding engine capacity for the engine prefix (in cubic centimetres, cc). These range from 848cc up to 1275cc.
In some cases there is additional information relevant to a model. The information is provided below the main table as footnotes, referenced with a single letter in the main table (A to I).
Body style grouping
In addition to one all-inclusive table, four individual tables are provided for the main model groups: sedan, van, Moke and 1100/1300/1500 (ADO16) range.
There is always room for improvement, and the identification pages are constantly under review and improvement. If you identify any incorrect or missing data, or have any other feedback, please let us know.