Ringo: Baby, You Can Drive My Car
Need to haul some drums around? Need a new ride? Bonhams is going to auction off a 1966 Mini Cooper S once owned by Ringo Starr; if you have a bit of spare cash lying around, maybe you can park it in your garage.
The Mini was the standout motoring icon of the 1960s, so it was only to be expected that that era’s defining popular music act – The Beatles – would all own examples of Alec Issigonis’ motoring 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 to the lack-of-space/accessibility problem was a hatchback conversion, which coachbuilder Harold Radford was offering as an option on its up-market Mini de Ville GT, introduced in October 1965.
The Ringo-mobile is expected to fetch between $US120,000 and $160,000.