Retro looks, modern tech

2y ago


- David Brown Automotive, which created the DB5-esque Speedback, has unveiled its latest project – the Mini Remastered.
- The classic Minis are completely stripped and rebuilt, using new panels and construction techniques. Many of the exterior seams are removed, for example, and the shell strengthened in key locations.
- Each Mini Remastered gets custom LED rear light clusters with bespoke bezels, new puddle lights and bullet-style wing mirrors. A range of aftermarket wheels are offered, helping them stand out even more.
- The most prominent changes have taken place inside. As well as extra sound deadening, the updated Mini's cabin gets custom trim and seats, a Mota-Lita steering wheel, a cupholder and lots of new tech.
- For example, these Minis come with air-conditioning and a seven-inch touchscreen media system that supports Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
- Each also gets keyless start, remote central locking and a USB port, so you can keep your phone or tablet topped up.
- You won't find anything remarkably modern under the bonnet, though. These Minis use an original 1275cc engine, albeit reconditioned and tweaked to develop more power.
- The 1275cc engine puts out 78bhp – about 30% more power than it did originally – and 91lb ft.
- The tuned A-Series grants a 0-62mph of 11.7sec. Find a long enough stretch of road and 90mph might be possible. More tuning options are available, though.
- Each features the original four-speed manual gearbox, driving the front wheels, too. It's overhauled, though, to ensure sweet shifts.
- David Brown also says that it's uprated the brakes and suspension, helping the cars perform in a slightly more modern fashion.
- Customers can personalise their Mini to their hearts' content, too.
- Each of the bespoke classics is claimed to take over 1000 man-hours to build.
- The time and effort involved is one reason – brace yourself – while you'll have to pay upwards £70,000 for one.
- Regardless of how you cut it, that's a lot to pay for a restored, lightly modernised Mini. Interested? You can check out the full catalogue at David Brown's website now.
- Have a look through the rest of our gallery for more detail shots of the new Mini Remastered by David Brown Automotive – and tell us what you think of the car in the comments section...

Take a classic Mini, rebuild it from the ground up – adding some new tech along the way – and this is what you get...