Radford mini de ville colour cards found!!!

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Another Radford?

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No that car was home modified by all accounts. It appears in the Brydor ledger aswell, having been part exchanged by the Yardbirds manager Giorgio Gomelski on behalf of singer Keith Relf. He then bought a Radford Mini from them. The subsequent buyer of the part ex car (pictured) still has it's Brydor tax disc holder but the car appears to be long gone.

The Ringo Starr car has never been connected to Radford as far as I know.

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66Traveller wrote:
Pete wrote:
66Traveller wrote:Jeez that is awful!

Photo (which you've seen before) of it as it was in 1966 below...
. I suppose through our eyes that will look horrendous but actually we could say that about the whole restoration. I doubt George would have seen it that way. The only relatively untouched Beatles Mini now seems to be the ex George/Peter Harrison 998 Radford Cooper.
Has that been restored yet?
A friend of mine bought it at auction in 2013 for £22K (£26K including buyers premium) but has since sold it on unrestored.
https://classics.honestjohn.co.uk/news/ ... s-weekend/

Another previous owner of the Peter Harrison Radford from 1979 to 1983 has just posted some photos below on the 'Surrey New MINI' forum. Not sure non-members can view that forum, so I have copied the post and photos by SNM forum member 'RadfordCooper' below:-
https://surreynewmini.forumotion.com/t7 ... 014#229813

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Posted by 'RadfordCooper' on 26-09-2019:-
"I owned this Radford Cooper 'FGO592C' in my youth, from 1979 to around 1983, My father helped to do it up a bit, I was always skint so the partial restoration was done on a shoe string. It was originally metallic black. I loved the car and would never have parted with had it not been for cash flow problems. I never got around to restistering it in my my name, as I thought I would have to give up the original Green Log Book, bearing Brian Epsteins signature."

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As a lifelong Beatle fan I had to get a photo of myself with the unrestored Peter Harrison Radford before my friend Dave sadly had to sell it on recently.....

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For comparison here are some more detailed photos that I took after washing the dust off, just before it was sold on.....

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That is undoubtedly the most "genuine" of the lot.
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mab01uk wrote:

A friend of mine bought it at auction in 2013 for £22K (£26K including buyers premium) but has since sold it on unrestored.
https://classics.honestjohn.co.uk/news/ ... s-weekend/

Another previous owner of the Peter Harrison Radford from 1979 to 1983 has just posted some photos below on the 'Surrey New MINI' forum. Not sure non-members can view that forum, so I have copied the post and photos by SNM forum member 'RadfordCooper' below:-
https://surreynewmini.forumotion.com/t7 ... 014#229813

Quote from the Surrey New MINI Forum
Posted by 'RadfordCooper' on 26-09-2019:-
"I owned this Radford Cooper 'FGO592C' in my youth, from 1979 to around 1983, My father helped to do it up a bit, I was always skint so the partial restoration was done on a shoe string. It was originally metallic black. I loved the car and would never have parted with had it not been for cash flow problems. I never got around to restistering it in my my name, as I thought I would have to give up the original Green Log Book, bearing Brian Epsteins signature."

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. That’s a great little piece of the jigsaw of this car’s history filled in! Makes perfect sense that the owner after Peter Harrison would have been in Surrey as Peter moved down there to help look after George’s Estate. What we didn’t know about the car until recently though was that the original buyer of that car from Brian Epstein Autos is recorded as George Harrison in the Brydor ledger. It’s possible that the missing parts of the original Radford GT dash were removed during the partial restoration between ‘79 and ‘83. The black paint mentioned may well have been the repaint Peter Harrison gave it in the late 60s when Radford’s blue paint microblistered! (according to Peter’s wife Pauline). He was also irritated by the original Tartan Red paint in the boot!

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Great pics and story.

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surfblue63 wrote:Another Radford?

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