Another name from the Mini’s heyday – Wood and Pickett returned in 1981, offering some lavish Metro conversions, including the Ogle-styled Laser Metro…
Wood & Pickett Laser Metro
The Laser Metro was certainly treated as a bespoke car for discerning customers: price ranged from £11,000 to £17,000 and extras included Recaro seats, air conditioning and leather interior. Like the Frazer Metro, it was treated to an external makeover, but Wood and Pickett handed that task to Ogle design, who managed to make a largely successful job of it, although it might be said that the styling was slighly less appealing than the Frazer Tickford Metro.
One advantage that Wood and Pickett offered over their upstart rival was that they would tailor their cars to meet exactly their customers’ needs. The result of this was the Metro Plus, which with a starting price of £6995 could almost be considered to be an entry model, if such a term could be used when referring to Wood and Pickett. Both WP models employed a Rayjay turbocharger and endowed the Plus and Laser with an impressive turn of speed.
Wood and Pickett actually fielded two luxury Metros: the Laser Metro (above) for the extremely rich and the Metro Plus (below) for the ‘merely’ rich.
Pictures: Pete Chalmers and Andrew Elphick
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