The old mini Mini is back

South Waikato News - - Motoring - STUFF.CO.NZ

The mini Mini is back. Fans of the famed Bri­tish brick that have been dis­mayed at the con­tin­ual growth and weight gain of the Bmw-owned Mini brand will be sat­is­fied by bou­tique Bri­tish GT builder, David Brown Au­to­mo­tive, which has is­sued a re-re­lease of the orig­i­nal icon.

Of­fi­cially la­belled Mini Re­mas­tered, David Brown Au­to­mo­tive’s take on the clas­sic Mini sees an all-new coach built body us­ing tra­di­tional tech­niques, but up­dated to a more mod­ern fin­ish thanks to ‘‘de-seam­ing’’ the ex­te­rior and weld­ing in be­spoke struc­tural en­hance­ments.

In a tip of the hat to David Brown Au­to­mo­tive’s Speed­back GT, the Mini Re­mas­tered fea­tures a cus­tom bil­let alu­minium grille, enam­elled David Brown Au­to­mo­tive badges and LED rear light clus­ters that mimic the look of the the larger model.

Other be­spoke and thor­oughly mod­ern touches in­clude pud­dle lamps con­cealed in the Mini Re­mas­tered’s bul­let­shaped mir­ror hous­ings, Key­less Go prox­im­ity key with push-but­ton start, and in­built nav­i­ga­tion.

David Brown Au­to­mo­tive has stayed true to the Mini’s her­itage with a re­built ver­sion of the orig­i­nal 1.3-litre BMC four-cylin­der en­gine - the largest of the orig­i­nal en­gines but 50 per cent more power than the orig­i­nal.

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David Brown Mini Re­mas­tered range.

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