1994 Mini Sprite - Radford 'Mini De Ville'

Lot Number 371

1994 Mini Sprite - Radford 'Mini De Ville'

In the mid-nineties, this was Radford's demonstrator and we can't help but wonder how many of London's 'bright young things' were whisked around Mayfair in a bid to make a sale.

  • Sold for: £10,125

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LIVE AUCTION: Sunday 26th March | 11.00am GMT
  • BODY COLOUR
    Bentley Racing Green
  • DRIVE
    RHD
  • Registration Number
    REG NUMBER
    L169 WLP
  • ODOMETER READING
    19218 Miles

SUMMARY

In the mid-nineties, this was Radford's demonstrator and we can't help but wonder how many of London's 'bright young things' were whisked around Mayfair in a bid to make a sale.

DESCRIPTION

  • Brand new Mini Sprite, L169 WLP, finished in black, was originally supplied by Marrits of Amersham in March 1994 to Harold Radford (Coachbuilders) and became one of two demonstrators for their re-introduced Mini de Ville which had been incredibly trendy in the mid-1960s
  • Towards the end of 1994, an order was received from a Mr J Wilmot-Smith and it was agreed that L169 WLP, by now a second hand demonstrator with 1,724 miles on the clock would form the donor car and it was duly sold to him for £4,600
  • Within the file there is a copy of the three-page specification selected by Mr Wilmot-Smith and, there is obviously too much to list here, but highlights include a fabulous interior trim spec, an engine upgrade to 85bhp, 13” Rimstar wheels and the car was painted in ‘Bentley Racing Green’, the colour it wears today
  • Our vendor has owned this rather special Mini for a couple of years and the indicated mileage is 19,218 which we assume is from new. The car’s condition remains impressive and it will benefit from a fresh MOT prior to the sale
  • Those of us who were tazzing about in Minis in the late sixties remember the cachet of Radford’s Mini de Ville and the associated pop star and Carnaby Street culture and it’s a shame that its reincarnation in 1994 didn’t really work, however, this is still a special little car and a part of Mini history. Come and have a look at the NEC

SPECIFICATION

Lot Number
371
Make
MINI
Model
SPRITE
Variant
MINI DE VILLE
Registration Number
L169 WLP
MOT Expiry
06/03/2024
Chassis Number
SAXXNYADBBD084966
Engine Number
12A2BG03286525
Transmission
Manual
Body Colour
Bentley Racing Green

CCA VENDOR CONDITION REPORT

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Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car

Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts

Good Everyday useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history

Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history

Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history

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