Published on April 19th, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
A Classic Mini from RM250,000?
This is just the starting price for a reworked and remastered classic Mini from a company called David Brown in Britain. Sure, it looks great and we are quite sure it will drive like new, but at this asking price, I am sure we can find a Malaysian mechanic/restorer who can do a similar job for less than half the price and still leave some change for a visit to Silverstone for a run around the track.
David Brown Automotive modern rework of the classic Mini, “Mini Remastered” retains the iconic styling of the Issigonis original, but with bodywork seams removed, a new aluminium grille, bullet door mirrors with puddle lights and jewel-like LED taillights inspired by the Speedback GT.
Under the hood is a tuned version of the Mini’s 1,275cc engine with “50% more power.” Brakes and suspension are upgraded, and the four-speed manual gearbox is reconditioned. David Brown also welds in additional beams and support struts to boost chassis rigidity and improve handling.
The Mini’s interior blends retro touches with modern tech. In the former category, you’ll find hand-trimmed leather seats; bespoke, black-on-white Smiths gauges and a wood-rimmed Moto-Lita steering wheel. In the latter, there’s keyless entry and start, a USB port and a touchscreen media system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity. You even get that essential 21st century accessory: a cupholder.