1966 Mini Cooper 'S' Radford Conversion £90,000 - 120,000
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Posted 20 October 2017 - 08:49 AM
£120,000 might even be abit on the low side being a Beetles car, even if it is only Ringo.
Posted 21 October 2017 - 08:41 AM
Extracts and photos from the ringosmini.com website:-
(which can still be found on the 'Wayback Machine' Internet archive)
Ringo's Mini - All about the car
Ringo Starr's Mini Cooper S must be one of the most significant items of Beatle memorabilia. The restoration of this unique vehicle has cost Peter Smith, an antique restorer and drummer, in excess of £17,000.
The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein purchased the Mini Cooper S and sent it to the Rolls Royce specialist Harold Radford for their up market conversion before giving it to Ringo Starr. Ringo had stipulated that the car must be able to carry his drum kit. A folding rear seat was incorporated and the back cut out to make a tailgate. One of the very first three door hatchbacks!
Other Radford features included a de-seamed body, fitted electric tinted windows, racing seats, twin petrol tanks, sunroof, walnut dash and door cappings, together with alloy wheels and custom rear lights. The interior was trimmed in black.
Very much a part of the Beatle's lifestyle, this unique Radford Mini always attracted considerable attention. It finally passed into Peter Smith's hands in 1977 to be used carrying his own drum kit on the road until 1984. It then featured on BBC TV's 'Blue Peter' prior to being a star exhibit in Liverpools Beatle City Museum and its subsequent exhibition in Dallas, U,S.A. The Mini was then featured in the 'Cars of the Stars' at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham and won First Prize at the Goodwood Festival of Speed - the Cartier Style et Luxe.
The Mini was sent to Naylor Brothers, specialist classic car restorers, in 1991 for a complete overhaul and work was completed in 1994.
The work cost £17,000 and left the car 'better than new' !
Subsequent restoration work has been carried out by Kyle Roberts
The old 'Beatles Minis' website can also still be found on the Wayback Machine:-
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Posted 21 October 2017 - 08:48 AM
Ringo in his Mini seen here in its original spec with fellow Beatle George Harrison (his famous 'Magical Mystery Tour' Mini can also be seen in the background).
Posted 02 December 2017 - 06:27 PM
Ringo's Mini has sold at auction for £102,300:-
Some other items below which were owned by Ringo Starr and raised a total of $9.2m (£6.1m) at auction back in 2015.
Ringo Starr auction - the star lots:
$2,110,000 - Ludwig Drum kit, used on hits including Can't Buy Me Love and I Want to Hold Your Hand
$910,000 - John Lennon's 1964 Rickenbacker guitar, which he gave to Starr in 1968
$790,000 - The White Album, numbered 0000001
$179,200 - George Harrison's 1962 Gretsch Tennessean guitar, given to Starr by Harrison's family after the Concert for George concert following Harrison's death
$179,200 - An 18 carat yellow gold Moonphase watch by Patek Philippe
$125,000 - The back panel from John Lennon's psychedelic caravan, featuring the Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band logo
$115,200 - Ludwig silver sparkle drum kit used in the 1967 Hello, Goodbye video
$106,250 - A gold ring with rectangular sapphire that Starr says he wore during every show he ever played with the Beatles
$100,000 - A gold and onyx ring, which was also worn for every single Beatles show
Edited by mab01uk, 02 December 2017 - 08:33 PM.
Posted 03 December 2017 - 04:54 PM
Interesting that this mini seems to have been registered with 2 different numbers throughout it's life LLO 836D and LLO 863D . . . or are there 2 minis ?
Posted 04 December 2017 - 08:32 PM
Geri Halliwell pays £102k for Ringo's Mini
Red Bull F1 team chief Christian Horner was also attending this well-supported event with his pop star wife Geri Halliwell – the former Spice Girl being the winning bidder of a Beatles Mini, the ex-Brian Epstein and Ringo Starr Cooper S with Harold Radford hatchback conversion, which cost her £102,300. Bernie Ecclestone was also reported to be with them at the sale.
Edited by mab01uk, 04 December 2017 - 08:32 PM.
Posted 05 December 2017 - 12:30 AM
nice one Geri, and i have a feeling she will use it a bit.
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