This Vintage Mini is Hiding a Super Luxurious Secret

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

British coachbuilder David Brown Automotive has put a modern-day twist on the classic Mini with its new Mini Remastered.

The Mini Remastered is the second model from David Brown Automotive after it debuted the Jaguar XK-based Speedback GT a few years ago. The reimagined Mini is built from the ground up by the team at David Brown and features hand-built body panels that give the car a more refined and visually softened shape. The company also welded in custom made structural beams and installed additional support struts for added rigidity.

The interior is equally as elegant as the exterior with bespoke sculpted seats wrapped in British-sourced leather hides, retro-look dials, a David Brown Automotive–engraved steering wheel an even a cup holder. An in-dash infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionalities is also present and is joined by a four-speaker audio system and other current-day tech such as a keyless-go, USB connectivity, and a push-button start.

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The upgrades aren’t exclusive to the exterior and cabin. All Mini Remastered examples will feature a rebuilt 1275cc Mini engine mated to an original four-speed manual transmission, which has also been reconditioned. David Brown says the engine produces “up to 50% more power” than it did in the original Mini, placing its output at around 90 horsepower. The company has also upgraded the suspension and brakes but didn’t provide exact details on either.

The Mini Remastered was shown in standard trim during the launch event for the car, however, two limited-production special editions were also displayed, Inspired by Café Racers and Inspired by Monte Carlo, which offer unique exterior and interior finishes. Each car takes 1,000 man hours to build, so naturally, it will be built in very strictly limited numbers. Pricing has yet to be announced, but seeing as the Speedback GT rings in at $602,895 before taxes, don’t expect it to come cheap.

Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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