1963 Hooper Mini Cooper
In 1963 Peter Sellers ordered a lavishly trimmed Mini from Hooper Motor Services Ltd which was cloned by Radford for the Pink Panther sequel ‘A shot in the Dark’. Traditionally Hooper did custom coachwork for Rolls-Royce and Bentley, so the Mini was an unorthodox order. Eventually Peter’s car would motivate Radford to later build cars of similar specification.
At £2600, Seller’s Mini was four times as expensive as the basic Mini. The complete car was overhauled with a custom interior and modified exterior trim. The most striking feature of the car was its hand-painted Wicker body.
Inside Hooper replaced the tiny heating system and also completely overhauled the upholstery in leather. Also fitted was an electric window system and a vinyl sliding sunroof, custom walnut dashboard, Wilton carpets, relocated switchgear.
Seller’s had a copy of his first car created for the Pink Panther sequel ‘A shot in the Dark’. This was completely done by Radford on a left-hand drive 1963 Morris Mini Cooper. The film aired on June of 1964 and subsequently this car became one of the most famous of all Minis. The car was gifted to director Blake Edwards who took it with him to California.
In the 1990s, the movie clone was sent to Heritage Garage in Sussex, in complete original and original condition for a mechanical restoration. It remained like this and was displayed at the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed to be subsequently sold at the 2009 Fine Motorcars & The Jaguar Legend Auction by Coys of Kensington at Blenheim Palace.
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
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