But it's otherwise an absolute masterpiece.
Despite the modern Mini Cooper family of hatchbacks and crossovers like the Countryman being quicker and more advanced than ever before, the original, pint-sized model's charm is impossible to replicate. David Brown Automotive agrees, and the England-based company has already built some of the finest classic Minis in existence. One example is the Oselli Edition launched last year, and it's clear that people are willing to pay big bucks for one of these reimagined classic Minis. David Brown Automotive has now introduced another Mini Remastered product and this one was commissioned by a Japanese client.
Like the company's other efforts, this latest Mini Remastered is a stunner. It's finished in a 'Fade to Black' exterior with a painted Union Flag and coachline on the roof. There are also gray stripes on the hood. What really stands out on the outside are those adorable 13-inch wire wheels. They'll be an absolute nightmare to clean, but it's the kind of retro touch that perfectly suits the car. LED exterior lighting is a subtle reminder that this isn't any classic Mini, and fender flares add a sporty look. At the back, there is a centrally-mounted dual-exit exhaust outlet and narrow light clusters.
Inside, this Mini is a lot plusher than Mr. Bean's version. Red leather upholstery blends nicely with a wood steering wheel, and the headlining is red as well. The seats have black center sections and David Brown logos. Ahead of the driver are quaint analog gauges, including a large center speedometer that will call it quits at only 150 km/h (just over 93 mph). In the center of the dash is an engine start button, but it's been integrated in such a way that it still looks old-school.
There's no official word on what powers this Mini, but the company typically uses a four-cylinder engine with just over 70 horsepower. This particular Mini has an automatic gearbox; if it were us, we'd have this tiny hatch with a manual, but that's about the only criticism we have of a car that's sure to bring its new owner many special memories.