Mini loves nothing more than making special edition models and so unsurprisingly, we have yet another one to add to the massive list. Named after the old Austin Seven (one of the two original Mini models, alongside the Morris Mini Minor – we wonder whether the youth of today has even heard of them…) the new Mini Seven seems a bit like a desperate bid to attract more customers - be them young or old (our money is on the latter…) – by digging up the classic nameplate for the two- and four-door Cooper and Cooper S models. 

The Mini Seven package commemorates the brand’s humble roots, well before BMW came along and reinvented it, and features new paint options, a revised interior and er, that’s about it. This is really just a visual package – there’s no extra oomph, a stiffer suspension or any weight savings to be found here. But, the old name is back and this is what Mini wants you to focus on. So, let’s focus. The new paint, one of which is a deep blue (real name, Lapisluxury Blue) is, in Mini’s words, “the most intensive blue tone ever applied to the body of a Mini.” That isn’t the end of the superlatives. Mini adds that it is the “blue of kings.” Wow. We guess. What if blue isn’t your colour? Worry not, there are three others to select from – Pepper White, Midnight Black and of course British Racing Green. The roof and the mirror caps on the Seven come finished in silver as standard and it gets silver stripes on the bonnet, fender vents and rides on a set of two-tone 17in wheels.

As for the interior, it still packs sports seats but they’ve been wrapped in Malt Brown fabric with black leather trim. The gray and black checkered pattern is a nice touch and aside from the ‘Mini Seven’ badges, it packs a panoramic sunroof, a Harman Kardon stereo and a 6.5in Mini Connected system. There’s not much else to say except for maybe your dad will like this one…