The stars of the 1969 film the Italian Job were not the actors such as Michael Caine but the three Mk1 Austin Mini Cooper S’s. The cars were, of course, red, white and blue. The cars were highly distinctive for their Moustache style grid along the front, the hooked door handles and the external hinges on the car doors.
While cars used in movies are normally heavily modified, the minis used in the films were hardly altered at all – and become more famous for it. The cars were known for being incredibly durable and lightweight which meant that the stunt drivers could be very creative when filming scenes for the movie.
The movie’s star, Michael Caine, has gone on record saying that the makers of the cars BMC were not willing to help with the production and refused to provide any alterations. However, people who worked for the company now have countered this claim saying that alteration was made to produce the Italian Job.
It is understood that a total of 16 cars were used for filming but it is unknown what happened to them after the movie was in the can.