Luxury, niche Minis will be trimmed at Rolls' Goodwood factory from next year

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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19 November 2009

Anything you can do I can do better!!!??? After the Toyota Martin we get the Rolls Mini. Let's hope it will be better than the Princess 4 Litre R which had such a shaky life with so many mods needed to the RR engine. I suppose if it's just RR trim things should be better. Buyers will love paying a vast premium, no doubt.

GB

19 November 2009

alala Aston Cygnet?

19 November 2009

[quote GD]Let's hope it will be better than the Princess 4 Litre R which had such a shaky life [/quote]

Ahh - this brings back memories of sketching the Vanden Plas 4 litre R in maths lessons - my dad had an Austin 3 litre Westminster (regn. OMF 52 E) at the time - so to me the Princess 4 litre R was the ultimate...

19 November 2009

[quote GD]Let's hope it will be better than the Princess 4 Litre R which had such a shaky life with so many mods needed to the RR engine.[/quote]

Don't forget that 4 litre RR motor was never meant to be used in luxury cars - it was meant for Army vehicles.

19 November 2009

Well, I didn't think it possible to find another reason to seriously dislike the so called 'MINI' but here it is!

No doubt there's plenty of idiots out there ready and willing to demonstrate their lack of common sense.

Now I'm looking forward to the Nano Flying Spur!

19 November 2009

[quote Uncle Mellow]Don't forget that 4 litre RR motor was never meant to be used in luxury cars - it was meant for Army vehicles.[/quote]

Extracts from the Cambridge-Oxford Owners' Club

"The engine itself was an alloy-block, short-stroke version of the familiar six-cylinder Rolls-Royce unit, which was used not only in Rolls-Royce and Bentley passenger cars up to 1959, but in many military vehicles. With a quoted peak of 175bhp it was much more powerful than the superseded 3-litre BMC C-Series engine, though this was never backed up by flashing acceleration figures or a dramatically higher top speed."

"Sales took off with a rush, but once the word got around that the engine was wasted on the rest of the car, demand slumped. Even with Vanden Plas trying all they knew to ensure top build quality, BMC could not sustain interest in the car. Sales had been expected to exceed 100 cars a week, but such figures were not realized and production was down to 200 cars a year by 1967. The Princess R was quietly withdrawn from production at the beginning of 1968, just before British Leyland would surely have killed it off."

It sounds like the quality of the car was not up to the engine.....

19 November 2009

[quote alexthelion]alala Aston Cygnet?[/quote] Mmm. Not really. My understanding is that the Cygnet will be re-homologated (because it has been extensively re-panelled) and will become an Aston-Martin model. This means that average Cygnet fuel consumption will be rolled into average Aston fleet consumption for the purposes of future EU Co2 regulations. The Mini Rolls, by contrast, will be very expensive and built to order.

19 November 2009

[quote Uncle Mellow]Don't forget that 4 litre RR motor was never meant to be used in luxury cars - it was meant for Army vehicles.[/quote]

That'll explain why my Father always complained his VdP always handled like a tank then...

Boom. Boom.

19 November 2009

At last Mini has managed to find a way of charging over £35k for a small 2 door 1.6 ltr runaround. Good work guys keep it up.

19 November 2009

Peter Sellers left his mini in the middle of Guildford High Street, when it had broken down for the umpteenth time. Still it was BMC then, so the BMW one should be a bit better.

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