Lot 179 - 1980 Austin Morris Mini Wood & Pickett Margrave Elite Landau

Lot 179 - 1980 Austin Morris Mini Wood & Pickett Margrave Elite Landau

Lot 179 - 1980 Austin Morris Mini Wood & Pickett Margrave Elite Landau

Lot Number 179
Registration 578 MOA
Chassis Number XE2D2-661316A
Engine Number 29864
Odometer reading 37,945 miles
Estimate £15,000 - £18,000
Result Sold - £16,800

We are delighted to offer this rare Wood and Pickett (W&P) Margrave Elite Landau conversion of the popular Austin Morris Mini. The Alex Issigonis designed Mini became the classless but chic motor car to be seen in during the 1960s and beyond. 1960s cool saw pop idols and Royalty mixing it with the common man and with so many being built it was, perhaps, inevitable that variations on the theme would be born. W&P Ltd established itself in the 1960s and was led by Bill Wood and Les Picket, the ex-employees of the specialist coachbuilder Hooper & Co. Bill and Les specialised in meeting the increasing demand for highly luxurious Minis that had sprung up developing their own uprated Mini model, known as the Margrave, their first customer being the actress, Hayley Mills in 1964. Their designs featured a distinctive leather & walnut fascia, leather and Dralon seating and front and rear nudge bars to which customers were invited to add from a long list of individually-priced options. 578 MOA is one of these examples built upon a 1980 1275GT and cost around £3,700 when delivered to Wood and Pickett but after conversion came out at around £10,000 making this, not only an expensive conversion in 1980, but also an amazing 21st birthday present given to one very lucky young lady by her wealthy father on May 1st, 1980.

Although retaining its standard engine, this W&P Mini is far from standard. W&P installed the electric sunroof, twin headlights and the 'Landau' roof option, an archaic design perhaps unsuited for a Mini, however, the skilled craftsmen at W&P has adapted the design surprisingly effectively. Of note, is the rear window, a bespoke item made by Royal Doulton. 578 MOA started life in Java green but now looks resplendent in pearl blue and complemented by a set of Minilite alloy wheels. On the inside, the luxury continues with a walnut dashboard, Moto-Lita steering wheel, electric windows and especially the blue Dralon and magnolia leather seats, all in excellent condition. An MoT test certificate, valid until January 2016, accompanies the car as well as various magazine articles. This excellent example of a W&P Mini is perhaps the height of chic and a special one to own in todays crowded Mini market.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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