MINI goes on holiday.
As the Mini’s popularity skyrocketed in the late 1960s, owners began to look for clever ways to incorporate their much-loved cars into their lives.
Camping in a Mini? Why not?
Aimed at “retired couples”, who “desire the carefree life”, the Wildgoose boasted economy with comfort, and was the ultimate example of MINI’s creative use of space ethos.
British coachbuilders Wildgoose Ltd., based in Surrey in the UK, produced approximately 60 MINI Wildgoose campervans and towable caravans between 1963 and 1968.
Converted from classic Mini Vans, they were sold to adventurous drivers determined to push the limits of efficient travel. The retrofitting specialists even offered a ‘convert your own’ service for Mini Van drivers who didn’t wish to part with their existing ride.
The stylish campers included a number of features that made them the ultimate in on-the-road comfort. The 1965 MINI Wildgoose Brent could sleep up to four adults and included a gas hob, kitchen sink, curtains, plenty of storage space, an optional electrically powered telescopic roof offering 5’11” of headroom and an 850cc four-cylinder engine with 34HP.
Of course, Mini Wildgoose was far less concerned with speed than it was about stopping at every opportunity for a scenic spot of tea.
Today there are fewer than a dozen known road-worthy Mini Wildgoose in existence - making them a rare delight for enthusiasts who manage to get their hands one of these quirky campers.