By Federica Pesci
Have you ever tried to drive an old luxury car? You can still feel the old charm, the power of the engine and savour the time that seems never to have passed. Everything appears perfect, but actually, it is not. In fact, the comfort that we are used to in new cars, even the basic ones, cannot be experienced in the old vehicles. We all know that this “lack” is part of the thrill that the car can give you, but what if I tell you that you can have a perfect classic car but with all the amenities that you could wish for?
Here’s an introduction to the new concept of remastered cars, and as an example, we’ve chosen the unique Mini Remastered, re-designed by David Brown Automotive (DBA).
This luxurious machine comes in two versions: one inspired by Monte Carlo, and the other one by Cafè Racers. The engine is the only difference between the two variants. The first model has a 90cv 1310cc, whereas the second one has 75cv 1275cc. The company affirms that it increased the power of the engine by 30%, compared to the original car, so it was possible to add a five-speed transmission in order to encourage the driver to push the car to the limits.
The interior offers every type of modern comfort and is all handcrafted. We can find a 7″ touchscreen display with Bluetooth, that can be connected with Apple Play and Android (and obviously climate and modern infotainment). All the details have been studied and nothing was left to chance. The upholstery is all made of British-sourced leather, while the gearshift and the steering wheel are made of an elegant and palpable aluminium.
The exteriors respect the old, classic style of the car, designed by Sir Alec Issigonis, but with a minimum modern touch. In order to improve the performance of the vehicle, the company boosts the brakes and the suspension, and, of course, increased the structural integrity.
The precision in the manufacturing is noticeable in the trims, in the paint process, which takes four weeks, and also in the quality of the badges, which are applied handcrafted with traditional techniques.
The LED lights integrated on the wing mirrors and on the rear follow the style of David Brown Automotive, adding both functionality and distinctiveness.
With the aim of creating a unique car for you as much as possible, DBA provides fourteen colours for the body, three for the roof and six for the interior leather. If you want to customise it more, you can also decide to change the tint and the design of the rims with four different shades.
In order to create this lavish car, DBA says they took over 1,000 man hours. Probably, this is the reason why only 25 pieces for each version are available.
Despite the high quality of the design and construction of the car, the price is still really affordable.
You could have this modern and, at the same time, classy car for $70,000, and speed away to reach the horizon.