Undoubtedly closer to the ground than most saloons. Perhaps comparable
to Sprite / Midget etc of that generation?
But the fun comes as much from the FWD, short bonnet, and wheels right
at the corners IMHO. The steering just felt much more direct than, say,
an Anglia even though the ratio is probably much the same.
On Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:50:48 +0100, Adrian Caspersz
"Sinclair claimed that the C5 had the same seat height as a family
car. That was true if that car was originally from 1959 and was called
Or even other cars ...
I wonder if the OP could work out the answer from this:
Cheers, T i m
I mean the early ones not the current crop.
Once I have the measurement I can compare, someone already has suggested
it is no lower than a vw of the time but without the measurement all the
discussion is guesswork and academic.
I could measure mine but mine hasn't got the original seats nor is the
suspension factory original, the tyres have been removed 'for winter' and it's
up on axle stands.
The Haynes manual would probably state the ride height to a common reference
point. I have one somewhere and even an original factory workshop manual which
might have every dimension but neither are immediately to hand.
Your best bet would be an original UK road test such as those done by Autocar or
Motor back when they measured everything and the road tests were full of facts
and not pointless fluff
But you can work out a ballpark figure from just the vehicle height
Wikipedia has the external dimensions of a shedload of cars, the Mini being
1346mm / 53"
Allow maybe an inch for the headlining
Then make a big assumption that the top of the head just touches the headlining
On the basis of ISO 3411 50th percentile male 'chest height' (sat, dimension
from base of bum to top of head) being 880mm/34.65" you could work out that the
base of the seat would be somewhere around 17" above the road (but the head of
someone that height would probably be clear of the headlining)
On the basis of a 95% percentile male the chest height dimension is 960mm/37.80"
giving a base of the seat dimension as 14 inches above the road, a reasonable
assumption for the mini is that the head of a 9th percentile male is in
permanent contact with the headlining.
A 50th percentile male is 1715mm/67.52"/5ft 7.5" high (in shoes)
whilst a 95th percentile male is 1880mm/74.02"/6ft 2" high
The Mini is certainly low compared to the cars of today, low compared to most
four seat cars in the 1960's but not particularly low compared to the likes of
say the Lotus Elan, a Jag E Type (series 1) or even an MGB.
Yes, the only measurable being a 10" rim plus 145mm x 80% profile tyre height 14.5 inches
Long legs, bent back, bent knees, and almost certainly some degree of built in
seat recline with the head located well behind the hip pivot point could account
for someone taller 'fitting' There are lots of variables and the figures in
the standard assume a sitting position with a vertical back which isn't exactly
At somewhere around the 95th percentile myself in terms of height albeit with
shorter legs and a longer back I wasn't even remotely comfortable in a mini
without the forward seat mounts being extended a couple of inches rearward, the
steering column being dropped by an inch and a smaller diameter (13") steering
wheel being fitted. Fit a roll cage and a competition seat and it gets way too
cosy. Add in a few decades worth of belly growth and it's beyond cosy and into
Back in 2005 the Renault Clio "shaking your ass" ad claimed a low seat
height 55cm gave "good feel". As they claim a low seat height gives good
feel, I have to assume that Clio felt like a wallowing barge that will
result in much shaking of your ass when compared to my Nissan 200SX with
35cm seat height from ground.
I've since got one with 3cm drop so that's 32cm. I think that rivals
Porsche 911 but not Lotus Elise.
When you get down below 50" roof height the seat doesn't get any closer
to the ground but the seat back reclines more.
Anyone up for measuring the seat height from ground of a living room on
4 pogo sticks, aka SUV?
The 1970 Mini
Roof height 1.35m
Seat to roof 0.95m at an angle.
Seat to roof vertical 0.9m (did some trig).
I think there must be at least 1cm between headlining and roof (unless
they did the measurement with the stick pushing the headlining on to the
Estimated seat to ground = 44cm (17.3in in old money)
I think that's probably as exciting as an Audi TT (also ~1.34m high).
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