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).
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