Well it all started when my then girlfriend announced that her friend had a choice of cars to buy from a bloke in Barking, either a Triumph GT6 or a Radford Cooper S. I had to wait a couple of weeks to find out that he had bought the Triumph, and the Mini was up for grabs. I went to have a look at it, and fell in love with it. This was in 1972 and the robbing so and so wanted £250 for it, I’d managed to rake together £225, I think he must have felt sorry for me, because he took £220 so I could put a fivers worth of petrol in it to get it home.
It was covered in dust and muck, but got it washed and polished, and it shone like a sixpence in a sweeps ear. About a year later I pulled up to get some petrol and the driver’s door fell off onto the forecourt, the A panel had rotted through. As I was down on my uppers, I flogged the Mini to a mate who messed about with motors for £250 – profit! I was in front again. He repaired it and sold it on to a guy from Billericay, who in turn managed to write it off. I’d regretted selling it the moment I’d sold it.. and now nearly 50 years on I’m finally rebuilding another one. Shows how times have changed, just a donor car, finding all the missing Radford bits, paying professionals makes the original £220 a bit of a snip. 😂😂
Submitted by David Weller