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Ray Cartwright Club­man Es­tate Lin­colnshire

My very first car in 1969 was a light green Mini­van and I’ve owned many more since, do­ing all my own repairs along the way. Fol­low­ing the death of my fa­ther in 2010, I wanted a project and soon got an urge to get an­other Mini. Friends sug­gested I go and see Colin Davis, who re­stores Mi­nis lo­cally. A full restora­tion of a saloon fol­lowed be­fore I found this Club­man Es­tate. It had been off the road since 1989 and Colin de­scribed it as ‘mar­ginal’. How­ever, he man­aged to fully re­store this one too, and by July 2014 it was in like-new con­di­tion. We went for Night­fire Red paint in place of the orig­i­nal yel­low, I fit­ted out the boot with a pri­vacy board and in­stalled seats from a Red Hot LE. It cost me a small for­tune but I’m pleased to have kept this clas­sic mo­tor­ing icon on the road a bit longer.

Ray's Es­tate now looks amaz­ing.

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