Classic Mini ‘reborn’ for modern day driving
A British coachbuilder is launching a revised version of the classic Mini that promises to keep all of its charm but is better suited for modern day motoring.
Silverstone-based David Brown will take a classic Mini and turn it into a modern city car, softening its classic lines, improving the engine, and adding in a host modern conveniences like keyless entry, Apple CarPlay… and a cup holder.
The car will be built from the ground using new body panels and strengthening the bodyshell. Each car will also be soundproofed to improve passenger comfort.
New design features include custom-built aluminium grilles and a full LED exterior rear light cluster. Each car will have handcrafted enamel David Brown Automotive badges and modern detail touches such as puddle lights fitted to each classic bullet-style wing mirror.
Standard equipment includes a built-in infotainment and navigation system, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a four-speaker sound system, keyless-go, USB connectivity and charging, as well as push-button start and remote central locking.
Inside, there will be sculpted seats with a hand-trimmed interior of British-sourced hides and a combination of paint, leather and fabric finishes to the dash. There will also be lots of classic touches, like retro Smiths dials, a Moto-Lita steering wheel with enhanced driving position, and cup holder in the centre console.
Under the bonnet, the original A-series 1275cc engine will be rebuilt with 50% more power and mated to a reconditioned four-speed gearbox. Ride improvements come from upgraded suspension and brakes.
Each car takes about 1000 man hours to build – although prices have yet to be announced, expect it to cost upwards of £70,000.
Company founder David Brown said the new model offered modern comfort and luxury while remaining true to the original.
He said, ‘It’s been important to remain true to Alec Issigonis’ wonderful original concept, yet bring it into the 21st Century in our own way’
Brown added, ‘The car will have all of the style and feel of a classic with modern dynamics. We’ve built this car to sit alongside any classic or modern collector’s garage and I can see this being a fantastic city car, too.’
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