Lot 320 - 1987 Austin Mini Mayfair by Wood & Pickett
|Odometer reading||56,327 miles|
|Result||Sold - £3,920|
The Alex Issigonis designed Mini became the classless but chic motorcar 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 Pickett, the ex-employees of the specialist coachbuilder Hooper & Co. The company was purchased by the Henlys Group in 1986, and later sold onto the company to entrepreneur, Mike Bush, in 1989.
We are delighted to offer this 1987 Wood and Pickett designed Austin Mini Mayfair that has been sat languishing and forgotten in a Surrey garage not two miles from this sale at Brooklands. The car was taken in part exchange by a West London Suzuki dealership, we believe, at least before April 2000 judging by the 0181 number displayed on the dealership advertising sticker in the back window. Due to a lack of space at the dealership, the Mini was placed into their storage facility where it was forgotten until discovered by the present owner in around 2007. It was purchased, removed and then stored into its current resting place until, once again, being forgotten. Our recent sale of a Wood and Pickett Mini in our June auction prompted the vendor's memory and again the Mini saw the light of day. On viewing the Mini, the vendor, understanding that realistically he did not have the time or skills to restore the car, has decided to offer the Mini virtually untouched since its original internment. The only thing that has been carried out is the application of a good battery and fresh fuel finding the Mini to start third turn of the starter motor! The engine number suggests that this power plant is an Austin Metro 1275cc unit with a Lucas 16ac alternator with negative earth; the engine being mated to a Mk. II b automatic gearbox with 3.27:1 final drive. The interior still boasts (along with the cobwebs, a period feature!) its Wood and Pickett leather seats, walnut dashboard, walnut door cappings, Momo steering wheel and colour coded seat belts, front and rear. On the outside, the blue coachwork is showing signs of requiring some repairs, however, the Mini has many Wood and Pickett features including; alloy wheels, front spot lights mounted within the grill, a vinyl roof and a sunroof. We are advised that a UK V5 registration document has been applied for with the hope that the original registration number, pictured, will be retained; please note that it may not be.
Offered at 'No Reserve', and requiring some restoration, this little piece of Wood and Pickett history awaits an enthusiastic new owner to restore the car to its original glory.
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