It’s the season of ‘reborn’ classics, it seems. Early this month Jaguar Classic debuted its ‘Reborn’ E-Type at the Techno-Classica show in Essen, Germany. And now, another British icon is being resurrected. Coachbuilder David Brown Automotive, which launched the retro Speedback GT at last year’s London motor show, is bringing a modern city car based on the classic Mini to this year’s edition of the show, which starts on May 4. Dubbed Mini Remastered, the reworked classic, is powered by an overhauled 1,275cc 78bhp engine mated to a four-speed manual gearbox. It boasts brand-new chassis and body panels that are deseamed with closer shutlines.
Aimed at the modern city-dweller, the Mini Remastered is equipped with an in-built infotainment and navigation system with the latest connectivity systems including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a four-speaker sound system, USB ports for charging smartphonesand charging as well as push-button start and remote central locking as standard. It features a bespoke leather-lined luggage space while the petrol tank is painted in the same colour as the contrasting roof. The British coachbuilder claims the reworked city car will benefit from the same “exceptional paint finish” as its Speedback GT, which is a result of a four-week long painting process.
“We are delighted to be exhibiting at The London Motor Show for a second year. We received a fantastic response to Speedback GT last year and are hugely excited to be making the first public debut in the UK of our second model, Mini Remastered, which is the ultimate modern classic for city driving,” says Michelle Gay, brand and business manager at David Brown Automotive.