I am 6'4" and get into the Mini the same way I put on trousers, one leg at a time.
My first Mini was in 1967 and my Dad at 6'7" could drive it, before I even knew about seat extender brackets. In fact, a couple of times my Mom (5'10"), Dad and us 5 kids would go places in it. If we went back in time with a new Mini, we could not all get in it. Even though smaller on the outside, the original Minis had more room inside. Ron
There were a few Minis built with front and rear engines, usually using a front sub frame in the rear. John Cooper built one and actually crashed it when a weld broke and one of the rear wheels tried to turn. Interesting story to look up. He said he was lucky to come out of it alive.
I've read about a Mini Pick up on a farm in England that had the rear engine backwards so he could use 1st and reverse gears together for the mud. Going down the road he only used the front engine.
There were Mokes built for military use with twin engines but I don't think that went through.
Plus the Mini gearbox that was made with a shaft coming out the rear for 4 x 4 drive, the Ant or something like that.
I have a one off Mini. Not a custom, but a full race Mini built by Clive Trickey from a new body shell. When he registered it in 1967, he was not allowed to call it a Morris or Austin, so it was registered as a CET Mini (Clive E. Trickey). Everything is documented in writings by him in Cars and Car Conversions Magazine and books he wrote about tuning Minis. I found the Mini in 1985 while stationed in England. I brought it to the U.S. and took it back to the U.K. in 1990 for another assignment there. I raced it in 1993-94 before retiring and returning to the U.S. with it. I still have it, but it has set in the back of my garage for 20 years.
My favorite of the 10 Minis listed would be the Broadspeed. I have actually been in a Wildgoose, although a different version of the one shown.
I bought my first Mini in 1967 and 8 more before joining the USAF in 1977 so I could go to England. They are great little cars. Ron
If it wasn't for my Mini I may have never "met" my wife. As I said above it was highly modified. (mini, but wife not so much) Some folks called it a suitcase with wheels as it had leather straps holding down the fiberglass bonnet and deck lid. It had those old school Dunlops that had the tread up halfway to the bead on the sidewall. I used to have my trophy from the Mini meet in 79 but it got "misplaced" by my late folks at least 30 years ago. I'm pretty sure the Innocenti had a square-ish grill and well appointed on the inside. Weren't some OZ spec Minis assembled in Melbourne? However, they were still stock and just slightly modified for the OZ market..maybe a Roo bar!
Is Mini city still around?
Back in 1977 I pulled a few Austin Americas from the jaws of the shredder to learn the intricacies of the "auto" trans. My gear head mentor obtained a book from the UK about how they supposedly worked. The front clutch packs went south at about 30k miles max. The guy who designed the trans was famous for Botany and not auto design-only in the UK...." "gather together a clean jam jar whilst prizing grud from the immediate surfaces"