They said the Mini couldn’t be im­proved. These coach­builders begged to dif­fer…

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

Pint-sized and per­fected - 10 quirky Mini con­ver­sions that proved the Mini could be im­proved upon.

So many char­ac­ters, in­clud­ing Enzo Fer­rari, Peter Sell­ers and Steve McQueen owned a spe­cially-tai­lored Mini. Yet the ap­peal of these cars has yet to wane. Gath­ered here are some of the best of a par­tic­u­larly British breed. Even if one of them is Ital­ian.

But the sheer breadth of these con­ver­sions is a good re­flec­tion of the mas­sive ap­peal the Mini had at the height of its pow­ers, dur­ing the 1960s and ’70s. As the stan­dard car be­came too run of the mill for some own­ers, there were plenty of com­pa­nies will­ing to ac­com­mo­date their every whim and de­sire – at a price. If you fan­cied a slice of al fresco driv­ing, the likes of Cray­ford could build you a very ap­peal­ing con­vert­ible. If you craved big car crea­ture com­forts, Harold Rad­ford or Wood & Pick­ett could equip your Mini with tim­ber, leather and maybe even a record player. Then there were those firms where the stan­dard out­line wasn’t suf­fi­cient and needed tin­ker­ing with. Of­ten, the floor­pan and run­ning gear was all that was left of the donor Mini by the time they were fin­ished.

Now, be­hold 10 of the best ones…

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