Rock icon, Paul Weller, gave quite a performance during MINI’s 50th birthday celebration at Silverstone a year ago and the British automaker is paying the rock star in kind by giving him the opportunity to design his own special edition Mini Cooper. The car, which was designed by Weller himself and built in Oxford where it was hand-painted by MINI craftsmen, was sold in a global online auction from November 11th to December 10th with all proceeds to be given to two charities, Nordoff Robins and War Child.
“I’ve decided to donate the car to two charities,” Weller said. “War Child is an amazing organization which works tirelessly to provide protection for kids who live in some of the world’s most dangerous places – Iraq, Afghanistan, Uganda and DRC. Nordoff Robbins is the charity that really uses music to transform the lives of kids and adults fundraising to help and support these vulnerable people.”
Details after the jump.
Exterior and Interior
The one-off car will be based on a 2009 Mini Cooper and will have Weller’s complete design imprints all over it, including the bold pink and brown stripes lines across the car’s entire body with a single silver lining that goes from the bonnet all the way over the roof. If the design looks any familiar to some of you, the pink and brown color scheme was the same one Weller used to design a Ben Sherman shirt some years ago.
“I wanted to create something that reflected the mood and colors associated with the Mod era, which was also the classic Mini’s hey day,” Weller points out.
In addition to the Mod-inspired color scheme of the exterior, Weller also gave the car’s interior and exterior some new digs including black leather upholstery, front heated seats, Bluetooth, a Chili Pack, and a set of 17-inch crown spoke alloy wheels.
The special edition MINI’s performance package was untouched, meaning that it’s going to come with the factory standard 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, capable of producing up to 118 horsepower and 114 lb/ft of torque. The car will also come with a six-speed manual transmission that comes equipped with hill-start assist.
According to the auction site, the recommended retail price for this Paul Weller-designed Mini Cooper is £17,920 – about $29,000. But since it’s an auction, the price tag is expected to increase depending on the number of bids put in and how much these bidders are willing to go to win the car.
Mini Coopers are usually compared to a number of other hot hatches, including the Fiat 500, the Ford Fiesta, and the Audi A1. Like we said though, the circumstances behind this car are rather different because it’s being auctioned off to charity.