Mini Remastered by David Brown Automotive
David Brown Automotive (DBA) reimagined an Aston Martin DB5 called the Speedback GT, and now it’s done it again with its Mini Remastered.
HARKING BACK TO the 1960s, DBA has applied the same methods it did to its reimagining of the Aston Mart DB5 for its Speedback GT to the Mini Remastered. Launched the Mini Remastered yesterday in London, the thing is handbuilt using brand-new body panels, which are de-seamed to create a clean look to the outside of the Mini. It works. And to ensure the whole thing doesn’t fall apart, addition high-strength, lightweight members have been welded in and soundproofing added. It takes 1400 hours to build each car, with more than 400 of those hours devoted to the paintwork – it takes four weeks to paint the thing.
The price hasn’t been released yet, but DBA said it would be produced in strictly limited numbers and remain an exclusive offering. That’s code for: expensive.
“Mini Remastered by David Brown Automotive has been a long time in the making and I’m delighted to be able to share it with you today,” said company founder David Brown.
“The car has been subtly transformed and updated to retain the original’s DNA, yet includes key design details from Speedback GT as you can see by the grille, taillights and interior styling, as well as providing modern comfort and luxury. However, it’s been important to remain true to Alec Issigonis’ wonderful original concept, yet bring it into the 21st Century in our own way.
“It’s not only the design that is special, though. Powered by a fully reconditioned 1275cc engine (with power increased by 50%) and re-engineered gearbox (and suspension and brakes), the car will have all the style and feel of a classic with modern dynamics.
“We’ve built this car to sit alongside any classic or modern collector’s garage and I can see this being a fantastic city car, too. We’ve had an amazing response to the car from Speedback GT customers and David Brown Automotive fans and we believe this is a car that will appeal to men, women, the young and old.”
The interior has copped plenty of work too, with modern day creature comforts, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a four-speaker sound system, keyless-go, USB connectivity and charging, as well as push-button start and remote central locking. There are new leather seats (which DBA claims “enhance” the driving position), retro Smith dials, a DBA-engraved Moto-Lita steering wheel and a … cup holder.
The Mini Remastered was launched in three variants yesterday, standard trim and two limited-production special editions, ‘Inspired by Café Racers’ and ‘Inspired by Monte Carlo’, each with unique interior, exterior and accessory finishes.
Question: What do you think? Would you like to see DBA turn its hand to other iconic models? A Land Rover Defender, perhaps?