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The 60s Mini is back, baby!

UK company, David Brown Automotive (DBA), also responsible for the Speedback GT, has added a new model to its line-up, simply named Mini Remastered.

Packed with modern features and engineering, it retains its famous old-school looks.

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Inspired by Sir Alec Issigonis’ iconic design, DBA is keeping as close to the original as possible.

“Our story is simple. Embrace the DNA of a design classic, then skillfully and respectfully remaster it to meet the demands of modern day life,” the company says.

Making the Mini (relatively) modern is its in-car technology, which includes Apple Carplay and Android Auto, with USB and AUX points.

Replacing the original large speedometer in the centre of the dashboard is a 7.0-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation.

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The cabin has chrome air-conditioning vents and knobs and is finished with a woodgrain steering wheel.

DBA also offer many ways to personalise the car, including wheels, paint and upholstery.

The exterior has a completely new structure with newly-formed body panels, making the body shell even stronger.

Powering the Mini is a 1275cc petrol engine, and DBA claim it’s 50 per cent more powerful than the original Mini. It produces 78kW of power and 91Nm of torque, with an option to upgrade to 1300cc to stretch it to 98kW. Like the Mini of old, a four-speed manual transmission is standard.

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Stopping power comes from front disc brakes and rear drum brakes, while you can also tick the upgrade box for all-round performance disc brakes.

Each car is hand-made and takes 1400 hours to build, with 400 spent just on perfecting the paint. While DBA is moving premises to Silverstone, only 50-100 cars will be produced annually.

If you’re not a fan of the BMW Mini of today, the Mini Remastered could be an alternative, but at a price. They start at £50,000, approximately AUD $82,000.

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