The Mini Remastered uses enough bones of a late 1990s 1275cc Mini (to make use of the fuel injection) to enable that car's registration identity to be kept when the Mini is Remastered into a new Heritage bodyshell. Those bones – engine, transmission, suspension components, front subframe and so on – are thoroughly restored and upgraded, and the shell is worked over in great detail. It loses the Mini's characteristic external seams, emulating the once-fashionable 'de-seamed' look but, thanks to lots of underskin strengthening, without the propensity once suffered of bursting apart at the now-vanished seams.
Many coats of painstakingly rubbed-down paint are applied over four weeks; a rounded front grille with the outline of an early Mini's, but the sparse slats of the DB Speedback, helps impart a racy, retro vibe. Machined aluminium surrounds for the front indicators and rear lights, and much more machined aluminium inside for the knobs, switches and stalks, look and are expensive. So are the thick leather seats, the 'infotainment' system, all the ample accessorisation. And it's slightly tuned-up, too, with 78bhp – 6bhp more than the original Mini-Cooper 1275S.
Personalisation options abound, including two ready-made themes: Monte Carlo and Café Racer. Mini purists will be horrified, of course; the forensic adherence to the original spec central to the reborn E-type is entirely vaporised here. It all sounds thoroughly good fun, though, and DB Automotive has a new factory at Silverstone to Remaster, it hopes, around 500 Minis over the next five years. Deposits have been received already, even though prices start at – deep breath – £75,000. You just have to hope they've cracked the Mini's rust problem.