Rolls-Royce and Mini, polar opposites of the BMW Group, could be collaborating on a new special "luxury" edition Mini.

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The move has said to have come about due to Rolls-Royce's slowing recession sales and the parent company's desire to distribute some of the luxury marque's class across the rest of its line-up.

A prototype (see pics below) has already been built with the super luxury interior said to resemble those once regularly custom fitted to the original Minis more than four decades ago.

Pics courtesy of Autoblog Green