Harold Radford introduced three luxury Mini conversions in 1963. First of all there was the Grand Luxe which, as the name suggests, was laden to the gills with timber, leather and other niceties. It could have been yours for £1080 including the cost of the Cooper donor car. Then there was the Bel Air, which had only some of the toys, and the De Luxe which featured only cabin upgrades. There were a number of further iterations, not least the super-luxurious Mini de Ville GT (above), with a one-piece rear hatchback being available if you could afford it. This is perhaps the most desirable of all Mini conversions. Peter Sellers bought a Radford Mini for his latest wife, Britt Ekland, having already used a similar car with ‘wicker effect’ painted flanks in A Shot in the
Dark. The Radford name has since been revived, but there is no familial connection. DID YOU KNOW? Other celebrity owners included all four members of The Beatles, Mike Nesmith of The Monkees and actor James Garner.