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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 3:58 pm 
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The press shot is on page 12 of this thread Nidge. I've got an original of it plus the press release from Radford for the Ekland birthday event which opened the new London showroom, I'll try and scan the blurb... It looks black on the photos but of course was blue.

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http://www.britishpathe.com/video/out-t ... llers+mini

So I wonder why the Ekland car didn't have a Benelite grille? No sunroof either!


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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 7:27 pm 
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Looks great in colour! In the early '80s I lived just down the road in Cromwell Avenue and used to walk past the ex-Radford premises in King Street on the way to work, for quite a while there were usually two or three yank muscle cars on display at the front of the showroom.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:25 pm 
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WMU 211G wrote:
Looks great in colour! In the early '80s I lived just down the road in Cromwell Avenue and used to walk past the ex-Radford premises in King Street on the way to work, for quite a while there were usually two or three yank muscle cars on display at the front of the showroom.


Last year I managed to get some paperwork about that Ekland Radford Mini 'big reveal' which opened the new Radford showroom on King St. (Can't remember if I've posted this or not). It originally came from Nicholas Van der Steen the (then) new showroom manager and it describes the arrangements for the event and a letter which reports how the wax from candles on the cake dripped on to the car! I did find out that he went on to import and sell BMW. Mazda and Lamborghini in the early 70s from a couple of different London premises. In the paperwork there are copies of photos from that opening day, some of which are well known, some not so and he describes them as from his archive!

Now I did find out he passed away in 2015 but I suspect if anyone had a record of the cars ordered at the showroom it may well have been him! You never know so I've been looking into this through members of his family and will report back.

Incidentally, at Blyton Gordon Spice described how he'd bought a second hand Cooper S in the mid 60s that he took to Radford so there's another one! He did remember it was "midnight blue" but but little else as his ex Mrs launched all the pics. :?


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Fascinating stuff as always Pete ;)

Did anyone see the retro / replica of the Robert Boulting green striped car at Himley Hall...? I took a few pics but can't upload anything at the moment. It's based on an '89 / '90 shell though not a Mk1.

Saw a very interesting W&P / Radfordesque Mini at Gaydon this morning, it started life as a '67 Mk1 but during its lifetime someone has enlarged the rear window aperture to fit a Mk2 screen, fitted Mk2 rear lights, deseamed it, fitted Shadolite tinted glass, fitted Frenched in vents on the outside of the C-pillars, fitted a homemade Radford style dash, reprofiled the bottom front corners of the doors, removed the exterior hinges and fitted interior ones, replaced the door handles with Vanden Plas ones, flared the wheel arches, and modified the front panel to accept rectangular indicators / sidelights (not Elf / Horney ones though), fitted a vinyl roof and electric sunroof etc... if I can load the pictures up I'll post them. While I was chatting to the owner a photographer from Minimag showed a lot of interest in the car so it might appear in print soon.

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UHR850 wrote:
:o found on the internet.


those 'carriage lamp' parking lights are a bit baroque! :lol:

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rich@minispares.com wrote:

those 'carriage lamp' parking lights are a bit baroque! :lol:


I just thought Munster Mobile when I saw those

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Didn't the Boulting car appear on the front cover of Small Car magazine way back in '63/4?
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rpb203 wrote:
Didn't the Boulting car appear on the front cover of Small Car magazine way back in '63/4?
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It was in Small Car I think you're right, not on the front though.


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The replica Boulting car I mentioned at Himley Hall the other week...

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