The Mini may have been ‘remastered’ but the Peaky Blinders ain’t having none of it.
Unless your average classic flat-capper strikes it lucky on the lottery, he or even she won’t be throwing £50,000-£70,000 anywhere near this reborn Mini, even if it has got all the bells and whistles its elderly predecessor didn’t.
That said, this little pocket rocket will have its admirers, albeit dressed in sharp suits and dripping prawn sandwich mayonnaise down the front of their fine Italian-woven cotton shirts.
David Brown Automotive (DBA) have given the old girl a custom chassis, more ‘oomph’ and the much needed technology required to plug that overused smart device in, without needing an adaptor that doesn’t fit and packs in every month because you only shelled out £1 for it.
Hand built and given some suspension that won’t rattle those dentures out, this good looking Mini Remastered can even boast body panels that fit with precision and not just ‘where they touch’. Hell, its even been de-seamed, strengthened and sound-proofed, so cranking the volume up on that nostalgic 8-track shouldn’t be needed anymore.
On a serious note the sophisticated infotainment system is so good, technophobes will need a towel-rail fitted to the British-sourced leather door card to stay calm and collected. A 7” touchscreen moves away from the traditional central speedometer binnacle, but does allow you to navigate safely through those nasty little city streets we all love to hate.
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Paintwork is up there too, with a hand applied process that apparently takes four weeks and looks the dogs danglers. Well designed badges and bright-work have also gained back some of that often frowned upon integrity that classic lovers seem to cherish more than their own siblings.
I want power! Well, this little classic lookalike will give you around 40% more chat than the original power-plant (90-100bhp). Tuned and rebuilt with new parts, this car should bring a smile to that otherwise miserable face after parting with that well earned cash.
There is no doubting the Remastered Mini is ostentatious and luxurious, but on the downside the jewel-like LED rear light clusters and indicators, framed by bespoke aluminium surrounds, look more bling than authentic. That said, grille and bullet-style door-mounted mirrors do look fantastic and dare I say, better than the original (runs for cover).
Would I pay £50-70K?
The answer is yes and no. But before you shout ‘get those splinters out of your arse’, my response is based purely on a point in time. By that, I mean how much loot happens to reside in my slightly sparse bank account, which at this particular point in time is limited.
Mini Remastered will undoubtably split classic enthusiasts down the centre, with one half giving it a modern day thumbs up, and the other ‘I’ve got a proper Mini’ camp throwing the metaphorical Jerry Can and matches in its opulent direction.
So what do you think of this rather grand looking remastered classic?