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Lot 606: Mini Clubman 1275cc Margrave by Wood & Pickett

Concours & Auction Weekend, Coys (18 July 2009)

In 1947, Bill Wood and Les Pickett left their jobs at London's top-notch coachbuilders Hooper & Co to start their own business. In the early days operating from Bill Wood's living room. The company grew and Wood & Pickett relocated to Abbey Road, Park Royal, London, which was then home to most of London's coach building industry. It wasn't until the 1960s, however, that the company was established as Wood & Pickett Ltd and became well-known within the general motoring community as a result of their decision to specialise in meeting the increasing demand for highly-luxurious Minis that had sprung up in the wake of Radford's 1963 Mini de Ville. Wood and Pickett developed their own uprated Mini model, known as the Margrave, featuring a distinctive leather & walnut fascia panel, leather or Dralon seating and front and rear nudge bars, to which customers were invited to add from a long list of individually-priced options. The late Sixties saw Wood & Pickett go from strength to strength. Today, Wood & Pickett's business has come full circle, having been voted "Restoration Specialist of the Year 2007 by readers of Mini Magazine. The reputation of the company continues to grow, especially in the area of the high standard of restoration work and "new classic Mini bespoke built cars.

It was a much neglected Margrave that the vendor spotted from the corner of his eye at the back of a garage some 20 years ago. After some horse trading, a deal was struck and the extensive process of restoration began. Research followed into original colours and specification which ultimately combined with the vendor's meticulous attention to details to produce a car so complete and correctly put together that it is arguably better than the original.

Initially it was carefully taken apart with everything labelled and the body then stripped revealing a virtually brand new shell will no holes or rust. It was then painted with the maroon finish illustrated with a contrasting cream interior. It was the interior indeed that was the handiwork of one time employee, Paul Trimmer. Furthermore, he remembered the car from the first time he worked on it and so was pleased in his continued association. The magnolia hide lay upon 20mm of soundproofing with Rolls-Royce headlining. The dashboard was next, stripped and re-veneered followed by layers of lacquer for shine and protection. The engine compartment was sound throughout however the twin SU carburettors were still replaced as was the LCB exhaust system. The final under-bonnet treatment can be described as understated yet meticulous, very much like the rest of the car. Top quality materials employed to present a crafted take on ever popular Mini by the best men in the business: The Wood and Pickett Margrave.

Lot Details
Auction Concours & Auction Weekend
Coys, Blenheim Palace
TypeCar
Lot Number606
Estimate£10000-£14000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£11373
Year1979
Condition rating0
Registration numberYTF 531T
Mileage-
Chassis numberXH252-179981A
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2