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Know Your Austin Mini

Know Your Austin Mini

'65 Austin MiniCollecting the classic Austin Mini can be a challenge, even for the most knowledgeable collectors. The challenge comes with the fact that it is difficult to actually identify the model and year of the classic British vehicle. Knowing the model and year is important for several reasons, not just to know what car you happen to have in your garage.

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George Harrison and the Austin Mini

George Harrison and the Austin Mini

'65 Austin MiniThe psychedelic 60’s were defined by the Beatles and the Magical Mystery Tour. This album and its pop art cover inspired the design of George Harrison’s 1965 Austin Mini ‘S’. This iconic car was custom built for Harrison by Harold Radford LTD and was originally Metallic Black.

1965 Austin MiniTwo years after the car was given to Harrison, the Magical Mystery Tour Mini was repainted a tomato red color and covered with tantric symbols like the yantras and mantras. There were also several psychedelic images that added to the unique appearance of the car. The Beatles loved the look of the car so much that they used it in their Magical Mystery Tour film. Even though his neighbors did not appreciate it, Harrison also had his house painted in the same style as the red Austin Mini.