Bonhams : Go Now...To Goodwood.
Go Now...To Goodwood.

A unique 1960s Mini Cooper S Margrave, previously owned by Denny Laine, founder member of The Moody Blues and Wings pop groups, will go under the hammer at the Bonhams Festival of Speed sale on Friday 5 July.

The 1969 Mini Cooper S Mk II (estimate £55,000 – 58,000) was upgraded by celebrated coachbuilders Wood & Pickett whose luxury conversions of the popular cars were much in demand from showbusiness celebrities and 'creatives'.

Indeed, the spec list for this car, which is the ONLY Mini Cooper S MkII Margrave conversion, is more akin to that of a Rolls Royce or Bentley, featuring: full black leather interior including dashboard, bespoke wooden steering wheel, Mini lite wheels, tinted windows, a full-length Webasto sun roof and ;distinctive front/rear 'nudge bars'. Rather aptly, it is finished in deep metallic blue paintwork.

The provenance is equally impressive, with the car having a string of famous owners before Denny Laine, who sang lead vocal on the Moody Blues number one hit Go Now and then wrote Wings' chart-topper Mull of Kintyre, bought it from Sir Paul McCartney's personal assistant, John Hammel.

American sports car racer David Weir was the Margrave's first owner. He was followed by celebrity hair stylist Leonard Lewis, known as Leonard of Mayfair, who was responsible for the cropped hairstyle worn by the quintessential Sixties 'face', Twiggy, then notable fashion and portrait photographer Clive Arrowsmith, whose subjects include Sir Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and Michael Caine.

Restored between 2010 and 2012, the Margrave is offered by its private vendor in a very good condition, with a current MOT. It is surely the ultimate example of 'Swinging 60s' motoring memorabilia – fittingly offered in the 60th anniversary year of the Mini.

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