MINI cel­e­brates 50 years with one-off car

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MINI has come up with a fresh in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Ge­orge Har­ri­son’s ex­trav­a­gant orig­i­nal Mini to co­in­cide with the brand’s 50th birth­day.

The one-off model will be handed over to Olivia Har­ri­son at the Mini United event in the UK. Olivia will ac­cept the MINI on be­half of the Ma­te­rial World Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion, a char­ity set up by Ge­orge Har­ri­son in 1973. The car will be auc­tioned in aid of the foun­da­tion later in the year.

Mini United, one of the world’s big­gest fan events, is tak­ing place at Sil­ver­stone in the UK this week­end.

Closer to home, Mini AUnited 2009 is also set to take place to­mor­row in Syd­ney, where hun­dreds of Mini fa­nat­ics of both the new and clas­sic Mini will cel­e­brate the 50th An­niver­sary. For more in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing MINI AUnited 2009 please go to www.mini­au­nited.com.au

Back in 1966, The Bea­tles’ man­ager Brian Ep­stein gave each of the Fab Four a Mini Cooper S as a gift. In keep­ing with the zeit­geist of the time, lead gui­tarist Ge­orge had his car painted with psy­che­delic im­ages such as yantras and San­skrit mantras.

In 1967 this leg­endary Mini starred in The Bea­tles’ film Mag­i­cal Mys­tery Tour.

And now, to co­in­cide with its lat­est land­mark an­niver­sary, Mini is ded­i­cat­ing a mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Ge­orge’s car to the man him­self.

The Mini has been de­signed ac­cord­ing to the wishes of Olivia Har­ri­son and rekin­dles the look of Ge­orge’s fa­mous orig­i­nal.

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