1969 Mini Cooper S to make more music in sale

This rather special Mini is certain to attract a lot of interest.

A 1969 Margrave Wood & Picket Mini Cooper S with a suitably swinging history in the music industry heads the list of entries for Barons’ Yuletide Classic sale in the splendid Surrey Hall at Sandown Park Race Course on December 18th.
A Wood & Pickett coachbuilt Mini was ‘the’ car for the rock and pop stars of the 60s and 70s to be seen in, and this particular example has transported its fair share of them. It is also unique in that it is believed to be the only Wood & Picket Cooper S (as opposed to Cooper) ever built.
The car has had just six careful owners from new; three of whom were the same man! The vendor – a well-known figure in the music industry – first acquired the car in 1973. He used to drive around in it with Steve Marriott of Small Faces and Humble Pie fame, who described the Mini as ‘a 100mph pair of shades’.
In the late 70s the vendor sold the car to Denny Lane (of Moody Blues and Wings), but after just eight months he bought it back, and commenced a programme of restoration. In the early 1990s he sold the car again, but asked the buyer to give him first refusal should he ever want to sell. A few years later he got a call saying the Mini was for sale, and he bought it back for a second time.
The car – used as the vendor’s everyday car for many years – has since been the subject of a nut and bolt rebuild and is in quite superb condition. It carries an estimate of £27,500-£35,000, and represents a chance to acquire a unique little machine with a fascinating provenance. All the buyer needs to drive back in time is a Les Paul guitar and a pair of flares…

The 1969 Mini has been fully restored. Images courtesy of Mini World magazine.

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