The Innocenti Mini was just a rebodied BMC (British Motor Corp) Mini using its rubber-bump-stop suspension and BMC sourced 4-cylinder engines, but in 1982 the Innocenti Mini was redesigned to use a 3-cylinder Daihatsu engine and a proper spring/strut suspension. The 3-cylinder versions were called the Tre...as in Italian for three.
This 1986 example is a Turbo de Tomaso version, so its 3 cylinder engine was upgraded with an IHI (Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries) sourced turbocharger. It used two carburetors in an old school draw through system and produced 72 horsepower - which is enough to make the 1500 lb car a bit of fun. Unfortunately some parts seem to be missing from the engine bay and we aren't sure what the meaning of "project" car is to a dealer in Montreal.
The insides look sweet in brown/tan/orange...very 70s chic! Finding missing parts will be a nightmare, but with any luck anything that doesn't work is not critical.
If there is any doubt that you are driving a turbocharged car - the huge turbo badge in the back will remind you and alert all people nearby that your 3-cylinder compact is sporting forced induction. We think this car falls on the rare/cool scale about the same as the Honda City Mini featured a few weeks ago and purchased by Randy C. However, the missing engine bay parts and 'project' status forces us to value it at something less than $7500, but it only takes one buyer and one seller to make that number vastly divergent.
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