Ringo Starr's 1966 Austin Mini Cooper 'S' Radford

The Mini was the standout motoring icon of the 1960s, so it was only to be expected that that era's defining band, The Beatles, would all own examples of Alec Issigonis' masterpiece. But while it is relatively easy to carry your guitar around in a Mini, a set of drums is another matter entirely, and it is said that Ringo stipulated that his must be able to accommodate a drum kit, making it different from those purchased for the other members of the 'Fab Four'. The solution was a hatchback conversion, which coachbuilder Harold Radford was offering as an option on its up-market Mini de Ville GT, introduced in 1965.

Bonhams will be offering this famous Mini, at their upcoming Bond Street Sale in London on the 2nd December. Its estimated value is between £90,000 – £120,000. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos courtesy of Bonhams.