Thursday, 25 February 2021

Meet the Endrust International and Slideaway Monaco Mini

Endrust sounds like a rust converter, as Slideaway sounds like a sunroof company, don't they? Well, that's what they are. But the British companies wanted to be a bit more than just that and decided to team up and start coachbuilding in the late 1970s, too. Undoubtedly with Wood & Pickett as their prime example. 

Needless to say, the Minis they offered were well protected to rust and came with a full sliding roof. The car that Endrust had on display at the 1977 Motor Show was on top of that equipped with vinyl roof and rear, a striped interior, wooden dash, steering wheel and door cappings, alloys and nudge bars, while one seen in a Slideaway advertisement added the name 'Monaco Mini' on its doors. Anyone who knows more about them?

Endrust International Mini was seen at the 1977 Motor Show in London
Picture Jeroen Booij archive

While Slideaway Monaco Mini was its sister model. Do they survive..?
Picture Jeroen Booij archive

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