Here’s one cool offer you can’t refuse. MINI and Paul “The Modfather” Weller have join forces to bring you a special art car, with proceeds going to charity.
Every year, MINI teams with top designers to produces a one-off car that is auctioned off for charity – but this year, the company decided to do something a little different. They tapped British musician Paul Weller to come up with a funky mod design for a MINI that will be sold during a live global online auction with all proceeds to Nordoff Robins and War Child charities. The auction is already live, and will run until December 11. The bidding is currently sitting at £12,250 (that’s just under $20,000 US).
Weller, best known for his time spent playing in The Jam and The Style Council, took his inspiration for the MINI car from a Ben Sherman shirt he designed for the clothing brand years ago. The car features bold pink and brown stripes across its entire body and is finished with a single silver line running up the bonnet and over the roof.
“I’ve always loved and driven MINIs so when I was given the opportunity to design a bespoke MINI Cooper I wanted to create something that reflected the mood and colours associated with the Mod era, which was also the classic Mini’s hey day,” said Weller. “I’d already expressed these colours in a shirt I designed for Ben Sherman a few years ago, so it made sense to me to continue the theme using a MINI Cooper as a palate.”
If you want to make a bid, go to www.paulwellerminiauction.com, or if you want to see the car up close, it’s on display in MINI’s flagship showroom on Park Lane, London for the duration of the auction.