The Mini Remastered features a bespoke interior and paintwork
Invokes the spirit of ‘customised’ 1960s Minis
David Brown Automotive is the company behind the DB5-lookalike Speedback GT
The car features an Apple Car Play electrical system and a bespoke interior
Two special editions, ‘Inspired by Café Racers’ and ‘Inspired by Monte Carlo’ will launch
DBA claims the new seats will ‘enhance’ the driving position
The big step forward, however, is in the interior
Features an engine star/stop button
DBA's £600k Speedback GT was based on a £60k Jag XK
The official price tag is yet to be revealed
DBA is promising upgraded suspension and brakes
Production will be limited in ‘strictly limited numbers’
Parts of the Mini Remastered have been hand built with high-quality craftsmanship
DBA has addressed the original Mini’s cramped driving position
The door trims are unique, too, lending the interior a unique appeal
10x the price of a donor car is expected to reflect the cost of hand-building...
...that suggests a price around £100k
‘Built by hand with unique coachbuilding construction and incorporating modern technology.’
The 1275cc is tuned to produce ‘up to 50 per cent more power’ than before
Mini Remastered is hand-built using new bodypanels
The engine is a reconditioned 1275cc unit
The Mini Remastered has enough power to get it scuttling around city streets
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‘This is the ultimate in modern and classic town and city driving’
The interior brings the classic Mini into the 21st Century
The Mini Remastered will make its UK debut at the London motor show next month, David Brown Automotive (DBA) has confirmed.
Essentially a luxury version of the original Mini, it has a tweaked 1275cc engine, Apple CarPlay functionality, a bespoke interior and paintwork. Its creator, DBA, is the company the company behind the DB5-lookalike Speedback GT.
The Mini Remastered invokes the spirit of ‘customised’ 1960s Minis, the Mini Remastered is handbuilt using new body panels which are fettled by DBA to improve the fit and finish and ‘de-seamed’ to give the smooth body look that was highly-valued in the 1960s. Each car has 1400 man hours of labour behind it, 400 of which are spent on the paintwork.
"This is the ultimate in modern and classic town and city driving," said the company, "built by hand with unique coachbuilding construction and incorporating modern technology."
The engine is a reconditioned 1275cc unit — the capacity that powered later Cooper S models and the 1970s 1275 GT — or a 90bhp 1310cc in the Monte Carlo, mated to an original four-speed manual gearbox which has also been re-conditioned. In base spec, the 1275cc engine produces 60bhp, and climbs to 75bhp for the Cafe Racer.
"The car will have all the style and feel of a classic with modern dynamics," claims DBA.
The 1275cc is tuned to produce ‘up to 50% more power’ which depending on tune suggests about 90 – 100 bhp. With a typical kerb weight of 700kg, that’s power enough to get a Mini scuttling around city streets.
DBA is also promising upgraded suspension and brakes.
However, the big step forward is in the interior, centred on a new dashboard with a modern touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, plus hand-trimmed, sumptuous soft leather seats and luxury carpets.
The door trims are unique, too, lending the interior a unique appeal.
DBA claims the new seats will ‘enhance’ the driving position which may go some way to address the original Mini’s cramped driving position.
Two special editions, ‘Inspired by Café Racers’ and ‘Inspired by Monte Carlo’ will launch the Mini Remastered at the Top Marques Monaco show in late April.
Production will be limited to '50-100 per year'; this is possible because of the company's move to a new factory at Silverstone.