Rad­ford Mini

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - 10 Quirky Mini Conversions -

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.

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