Did I say why the '62 Woody's name is Lucky?
First, the Mini is built from the good front end of one and the good back end of another...welded through the A pillars, doorsteps/sills and across the front floor. I do not know when that happened...before it was shipped new in July 1961 with external tank to a Dealer in New York...or...following an event by someone, likely in New York.
Second, the last owner to licence and drive the Woody was a Sgt. Thomas in the US Army. He bought it from Charles Pervo (who is still into Minis in Ohio), who had bought the Mini in western New York more than 35 years ago. When Sgt. Thomas was transferred the Mini was not running and stored behind a shed, where it was picked up by Mike Kearney of Seven Enterprises as a parts car. Mike took the Woody to California, sold the bits on to the late Kent Simmers who sold the rolling chassis on to Chris Higgins of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Third, Chris flat towed the Mini from California to Canada on the Interstate 5 (I5) and a wheel fell off shortly after crossing the border and pulling into the Customs office to import the Mini.
So, Lucky could have been scrapped in the 1960s to late 1970s, could have been scrapped when Sgt. Thomas was transferred, could have been a highway wreck on the I5 in the 1990s.
I treat Lucky with a little respect because it might never have fallen to me to put the Woody back on the road.
PHOTOS: The welds joining 2 Mini shells. The Mini when owned by Chas. Pervo