In 1963 a motoring journalist reported back that the new Radford Mini had attracted more attention than a Ferrari at a recent launch.
Is all that interest set to return as Ant Anstead, Jenson Button, Mark Stubbs, and Roger Behle team up to bring back the British bespoke coachbuilding Radford brand? We think it probably is. But first a quick look back at the brand.
When Harold Radford founded the company in 1948 and launched his first build, a Bentley Countryman, at the London Motor Show in 1951, it’s doubtful he would have known his cars would become 60’s icons. After the successful Countryman launch, the coachbuilders were inundated with commissions. Amongst other things, it produced 12 Shooting Breaks for the Aston Martin DB5, a commission from Stirling Moss’s no less and of course the option to pimp up the marvellous Minis.
By the mid 60’s Harold and his coachbuilders had gained themselves a cult following. All the Beatles owned a Radford Mini, along with Peter Sellers and Twiggy. At one point even Enzo Ferrari got in on the act with a snazzy little Radford.
Business was booming. But even though it is reported that Sellers spent more on his Radford Mini than he did on his Roller, it wasn’t enough. Somehow it all came crashing down with company entering into liquidation in the late 60’s. Yet another British car make snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
In many ways that early bath for the Radford brand made the cars even more popular. Fast forward to today and any classic car that has been within a country mile of Radford is highly prized.
The new owners of the re-formed Radford brand say its first commission is “already in advanced stages and we can’t wait to reveal the exciting plans and products that we’re already working on,”
We can’t wait either. We will bring you news as soon as it breaks.
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