Half a car

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by Iansky, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    This is a genuine mini with the bodywork cut in half that everyone in the company gave to the "Big Boss" a few years ago as a birthday present - one of his heroes is Issigonis who designed the first mini.
    Used the GX1+25mm


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  2. Danny_Two

    Danny_Two Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 30, 2010
    I thought this was going to be a thread about the GH3.
  3. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
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    Wouldn't want to drive this in the rain! :biggrin:
  4. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
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    Very nice picture. I really like the second one.
  5. littleMT

    littleMT Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 8, 2012
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    Lucille Sanchez
  6. peter124

    peter124 Mu-43 Regular

    Does it still run?
  7. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Excellent shooting of a most interesting subject! :cool:
  8. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    Thanks all,

    The engine and all components are all intact, the car has not been started as it is normally kept in our research department as inspiration to engineers on forward thinking.
  9. rash_powder

    rash_powder Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 10, 2011
    Does it run torsion bars for the front and rear suspension? With no struts?
  10. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
  11. aragorn1980

    aragorn1980 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 10, 2012
    Athens Greece
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    Very interesting photos and thread Ian!Well done!
  12. apicius9

    apicius9 Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 1, 2010
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Nice, but clearly not weather sealed. :)

  13. m43dex

    m43dex Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 5, 2011
    That would not be a big seller in Michigan...and I'm not thinking big 3 either. :smile:
  14. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    What most Americans don't realize is just how tiny that car is, and what an amazing job of packaging efficiency Issigonis designed. The current BMW built Mini is huge by comparison, yet the original Mini will hold 4 adults and some luggage with a reasonable amount of room. Almost every aspect of the design, from front wheel drive, the side mounted radiator, the gas-bag suspension, the 10 inch rims, and more, were designed to maximize packaging efficiency.

    Of course, the old Mini would never meet today's auto safety requirements.

    Here's are some photos of the two cars together:


    (In fairness, that's the new Mini Countryman, which is a big bigger than the regular Mini.)


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  15. crsnydertx

    crsnydertx Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 31, 2010
    Houston, TX
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    Lovely little car, but I would be scared to death to drive one on the freeways around the cities in Texas. Too many big SUVs and super-sized pickup trucks moving at speeds in excess of 75 mph. Driving defensively requires having a defensible vehicle here.
  16. BarefootPilgrim

    BarefootPilgrim Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 23, 2009
    Westchester, IL
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    Or perhaps thinking "outside." (no box involved) :wink:

    Nice shots, Ian, but I'll take the red Porsche in the oof background instead.

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