BMW is set to give the green light to ultra-luxury version of the Mini which will be trimmed at the Rolls-Royce factory in Goodwood.

Highly placed sources at BMW have told Autocar that the cars will "totally individual" and the project is seeking to create "niche vehicles" for customers.

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It's likely that the options will extend beyond trim materials and could see buyers encouraged to commission genuine coachbuilt features such as new interior fittings.

The plans have been inspired by the bespoke coachbuilt Minis that became popular with celebrities in the early 1960s. Actor Peter Sellers commissioned Harold Radford to build him a super-luxury Mini which featured high-spec wood and a leather-trimmed interior. Similar cars were built for members of the Beatles.

There's no news on the launch of the 'Mini Rolls' programme, but it is likely to be made public next year.

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