Reinventing the original: David Brown Mini arrives with £50,000 price tag

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A small British company has revealed a modern take on the original Mini, which mixes 60s design with 21st-century technology.

Handbuilt by David Brown Automotive, a company made famous by the Speedback GT – a Jaguar XK-based homage to the Aston Martin DB5 – the Mini Remastered is limited to just 100 examples and is expected to cost around £50,000.

Two special-edition examples will also be built, however, with asking prices of more than £70,000.

Each car will be almost exactly the same size as the original Mini, but the body panels are all new. The Mini's external seams are gone, while the rear light clusters have been changed and LED lights have been fitted. There's a new grille, too, but most of the Remastered's modifications can be found inside.

The classic steering wheel sits alongside a touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while keyless start and bespoke upholstery have also been added.

David Brown Automotive also claims to have made the car more comfortable by adjusting the driving position.

Under the bonnet, there's an updated version of the old 1.3-litre petrol engine, but the manufacturer claims it offers 50 per cent more power than the original. The four-speed manual gearbox it is mated to has also been tweaked, while refinement has been improved with the addition of extra soundproofing.

Reinventing the original: David Brown Mini arrives with £50,000 price tag

Reinventing the original: David Brown Mini arrives with £50,000 price tag