It sounds contradictory, but I see Mod now as still representing that 1960s optimism that has impeccable taste in the most stylish clothes, but that also still looks forward to clean living and doing things in a modern way. It is (or can be) a blend of vintage style with a present day, extroverted attitude.
This brings me to today’s post. Having read the above, you will understand why I am so excited about this.
David Brown Automotive, a British coachbuilding company, has taken on a number of original Minis and restored them. In the restoration, not only do they sympathetically treat all of the cars’ original features, like the leather seats, dials and exterior, but they also virtually upgrade the insides with GPS, LED rear lights and, presumably, a reliable engine system.
When I think back to my own Mini, it is always with the impression that the car was so stylish and cool, yet I couldn’t seem to drive for more than a week without it breaking down in some way. There was the radio fault for instance - water leaked in through the bonnet and shorted out the radio system. I had this replaced numerous times before anyone realised what was wrong.
Yet when I think back, I always remember the shimmering chrome bumpers, the red paintwork and the stylish compactness of it all. Car designs nowadays tend to prioritise safety over style and it really shows.
This new project is a great idea and, although these Minis look pretty pricey at £70,000 each (more than ten times what I paid for mine in 2006), perhaps that combination of vintage style and 21st century technology would be worth it.