Bought as a tired but re­mark­ably orig­i­nal ex­am­ple, Paul Billing­ton’s at­ten­tion to de­tail has seen his 1970 Club­man re­turned to show­room con­di­tion.

Mini Magazine - - Contents - Words Jeff Rug­gles

Paul and Francesca Billing­ton’s pe­ri­od­per­fect restora­tion of their 1970Club­man is noth­ing short of amaz­ing.

An­te­lope is one of those glo­ri­ously pe­riod Bri­tish Ley­land colours that seems to re­sist com­mon def­i­ni­tion. Some say it’s beige; some say brown and others liken it to all sorts of things – some more pleas­ant than others. The one thing we can say with cer­tainty is that it’s very cool, es­pe­cially when it graces a beau­ti­ful early Club­man like Paul Billing­ton’s su­perb re­stored 1970 ex­am­ple.

In this case, West Mid­lan­der Paul and his wife Francesca went for the name ‘Putty’ as soon as the car ar­rived – a two-fold ref­er­ence not only to that rare An­te­lope hue, but the rather time-worn body­work

Pho­tog­ra­phy Matt Woods

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