Classic Mini Restomod Now Offered In America For A Cool $100,000

David Brown Automotive has a new importer for US buyers wanting a classic Mini with a modern makeover.

Fans of classic British cars might recognize the name David Brown Automotive. The UK-based company unveiled its Aston Martin DB5-themed Speedback GT back in 2014, built from a Jaguar XKR. With a price tag over $700,000 it wasn’t what you’d call a working-class machine  –  that’s the realm of the classic Mini. David Brown Automotive now offers a modernized version for buyers in the States, but it doesn’t come with a working-class price.

Mini Remastered Classic Restomod By David Brown Automotive

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Mini Remastered Classic Restomod By David Brown Automotive

Thanks to a new deal with Florida-based importer Bespoke Imports Group, US shoppers can now enjoy the Mini Remastered series in all its glory. Of particular interest is the Oselli Edition, featuring a 125-horsepower (93-kilowatt) 1.4-liter engine with a five-speed manual, four-piston front disc brakes, a

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A Mini Recreation With 125 Horsepower and Luxury in Mind

The Mini Remastered, Oselli Edition, has 125 horsepower-more than three times the 34 of the original car.

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The original Austin/Morris Mini, which debuted in 1959, remains a desirable classic—with such innovations as a space-saving transverse-mounted engine and front-wheel drive. But as a car you could use today it has some limitations, especially the tiny 850-cc engine that was in the base cars. It produced only 34 horsepower, with a zero-to-60 time of, yes, 27 seconds. It could reach 70 miles per hour, but barely. 

David Brown Automotive is betting that it can capture customers for its “Mini Remastered, Oselli Edition.” Only 60 of these hand-built cars—with the look and feel of an original Mini—will be made, with the build at an 18,000-square-foot facility in Silverstone, England, taking a reported 1,400 hours. The first Oselli, announced in 2019 to coincide with the Mini’s 60th birthday, has

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David Brown Automotive’s Mini Remastered Oselli Edition is packing a 125HP engine

British automaker David Brown Automotive (DBA) is riding the retro bandwagon with its latest masterpiece. The Mini Remastered Oselli Edition is a restomod version of the original Mini from the 1960s. Created in collaboration with performance vehicle specialist Oselli, the newest Mini Remastered gains a new and more powerful engine and a healthy dose of performance-enhancing updates.

The Mini Remastered has a newly-developed 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine with twin carburetors, pumping out a healthy 125 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque. For context, the original Mini has a tiny 848cc four-banger with only 34 horsepower, while a 2022 Mini Hardtop has a turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 134 horsepower.

So yeah, DBA and Oselli’s Mini Remastered is a vibrant classic car. DBA claims zero to 60 mph in 7.8-seconds courtesy of redesigned five-speed manual transmission turning the front wheels. It has four-piston AP racing front calipers and aluminum drums in the

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The Second Coming of the Austin Mini

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Don’t call it a comeback, as for some people the Mini never really went away. However, these days something particularly unique is happening with Mini culture. The age of the people involved is basically the same as in the 1960s.

You can thank Japan. While the Mini left the U.S. market some 50 years ago, the little icon has suddenly found itself big in Japan. A couple of years ago, I

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