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Mini goes vintage

By Anna Kantilaftas, 07 Apr 2017 Car Style

Mini goes vintage

The original 1960s Mini is back, but with a slight modern twist.

There are plenty of things which improve with modernisation: medicine, construction, efficiencies and, of course, automotive technologies.

But there are some changes that leave us craving a time-machine and wishing we could travel back to the time of black-and-white movies, driving gloves and Elvis.

For many Mini enthusiasts, BMW’s modern-version of the Mini is missing that classic sweet-spot.

Classic Mini remastered

That’s why the UK’s David Brown Automotive has created 100 models of the Mini Remastered – a handcrafted version of the original Mini with a modern twist.

As the David Brown Automotive’s brochure on the car states: “Our story is simple. Embrace the DNA of a design classic, then skilfully and respectfully remaster it to meet the demands of modern day life.”

Classic Mini remastered

The MINI Remastered is hand built, offers a bespoke chassis, body and interior, and, according to UK motoring site Auto Express, takes more than 1000 hours to produce.

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It is the same size as the classic Mini with each panel built to mirror it and looks like it’s straight out the original Italian Job, albeit with a discrete modern touches including a 7-inch touchscreen and infotainment system with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, remote central locking and keyless stop/start.

Classic Mini remastered

Clients can have unique customisation to the exterior and interior of the Mini Remastered, with a number of colour, trim, feature and accessory combinations.

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A choice of 13 body colours is available, and black or white can be selected for the roof. Other options include seven wheel designs, leather-upholstery tones and eight trim colours, including black or white.

Classic Mini remastered

Adding to its modernisation is an aluminium grille, LED headlights and Mini’s signature puddle lights.

Under the bonnet, the original Mini’s classic 1275cc engine has been remastered to produce a claimed 50 percent more power. This is mated to a four-speed gearbox.

The bespoke beauty can be purchased from £50,000 ($82,842) or £70,000 ($115,922) for the top-spec models), if you live in the UK. For us Aussies, we’ll just have to admire it in pictures.

Classic Mini remastered