On a recent trip to the British Motor Museum I stumbled across the prototype ADO70, otherwise known as the Michelotti Mini. Touted as a replacement for the MG Midget, this Mini-based machine got the nickname on account of having been styled by Michelotti. The story goes that a standard Mini 1275GT was driven from Longbridge down to Italy where the styling house got to work. Driving the car back from Italy, the driver noticed the car was considerably heavier than had been hoped for, and lacked that sporting feel that even base Minis seem to have. The targa roof looks cool and the colour is perfect, we MotorPunks wish it had ended up in production but apparently it wasn’t considered suitable for the lucrative US market and the prototype was left to rot, before (much later) being restored and displayed here.

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There are c.400 cars here, it’s well worth a visit. Some random pics below, I was particularly taken with the Vauxhalls and the line up of Jaguar prototypes.

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Rich Duisberg

Rich Duisberg* has had work published in Classic & Sportscar, Practical Performance Car, Modern Mini, Banzai, MogMag, Evo, GT Porsche, Complete Kit Car, Absolute Lotus, Alternative Cars, Classic Retro Modern, and elsewhere. Rich often appears on CBS’s XCAR and Carfection channels, and Motors TV, plus JayEmm on Cars, enthusing about historic motoring. His latest book (find his work on Amazon) was described by SniffPetrol as "hilarious", although he was also threatened with legal action by elderly DJ Tim Westwood. In his Midlands man cave is a 1972 Fiat 500, a Lotus Elise, a BMW barge and a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike. Previous machines of interest include an Mk1 MX5 (owned for 14 years!), an Alfa GTV6, a Porsche 968 and a Sinclair C5. The Metro (right) was bought for an experiment, and abandoned in Africa. "I am not getting in a car with him" -  said Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. *A nom-de-plume inspired by the BBC's League of Gentlemen.

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