Car to be auctioned for charity after Meghan and Harry get hitched
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Mini has created a special one-off Cooper S to celebrate Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's impending nuptials, set to be auctioned for The Children's HIV Association (CHIVA) after the hotly-anticipated wedding.
The car is finished exactly how you'd expect a German – ahem, British – brand to celebrate a new royal marriage. There are silver-blue accents on the bonnet and rear haunches, while the roof is covered in red, white and blue graphics designed to celebrate the Anglo-American combination of Megan and Harry.
As debuted on the life-cycle impulse Mini Hatch, the Royal Wedding-inspired special features 3D printed indicator caps, door sills, puddle lighting and dashboard trims. The door lights project 'Just Married' onto the ground, while the scuff plates say 'Mini Loves You' upon entry.
That dashboard trim, meanwhile, is home to the bride and groom's names, the wedding date and best wishes from the Mini team. The roof lining pattern mirrors that of the roof, and there are special messages embroidered on the vanity mirrors.
Beyond the fancy paintwork and 3D-printing fun, the base car is a Mini Cooper S making 141kW of power and 280Nm of torque, hooked up to a new seven-speed automatic transmission. The car is priced from $39,700 before on-roads in Australia, but you can expect Royal-loving philanthropists to pay significantly more than that on auction day in the UK.
"As an iconic British brand with almost 60 years of history in the UK, we are pleased to mark the royal wedding with this special charitable gift,” said Oliver Heilmer, Mini Design head.
“The Mini Design team has created a one-off Mini Hatch for the occasion. Its specially designed roof graphic combines with 3D-printed personalised interior and exterior details as well as special embroidery to make this a MINI like no other.”