Mini harks back to the past with limited-run 1499 GT


British manufacturer Mini has launched a new special edition version of the Mini hatch. It's an old-school homage to the classic 1275 GT of 1969, and will be limited to just 1,499 units in total.

Mini says that the 1499 GT recalls the "entertaining drive, distinctive styling and low running costs of the 1969 original". It's based on the entry-level model Mini One, but has styling features lifted straight from the range-topping John Cooper Works model.

That means it gets 17-inch black alloy wheels, dark tinted windows and an eye-catching bodykit with beefy bumpers and a stylish spoiler.

Buyers can choose from 'Pepper White' or 'Midnight Black', with 1499 GT side graphics in black and gold respectively.

Inside, the JCW connection continues. The sports seats are wrapped in leather with red bolsters and stitching. The 1499 has an equipment upgrade over the standard car, too, featuring cruise control, air conditioning and 'Connected' smartphone compatibility.

As the 1499 name suggests, the car features Mini's 1.5-litre, three-cylinder engine. It's actually replaced the smaller-capacity 1.2, and has been detuned to match that engine's performance. It produces 102bhp, which the brand says is good for 0-60mph in 10.1 seconds. It comes with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Despite being such a limited edition, the 1499 GT is available through standard Mini dealers, priced at £16,990 - the base model One starts at £14,620. It's also available for £299 a month through Mini's latest 'Ready, Fuel, Go' finance offer.

Mini 1499 GT special edition

Mini 1499 GT special edition