Some of you may remember rock legend Paul Weller from the 2009 MINI 50th Anniversary celebration at Silverstone. His collaboration with MINI continues with a uniquely custom car of his design and MINI’s making. Specially built at Oxford and hand painted by MINI craftsman, this one-of-a-kind Cooper will be up for auction until December 11th on behalf of charities Nordoff Robins and War Child. Press release details and gallery after the break.

Weller’s inspiration for the design – which features bold pink and brown stripes across the car’s entire body and is finished with a single silver line running up the bonnet and over the roof – comes from the colours in a Ben Sherman shirt he designed for the clothing brand some years ago.

MINI UK’s Director, Jochen Goller says “Both MINI and Paul Weller are synonymous with the quintessential British mod scene. That’s why we were the ideal match to create this unique car.”

Paul Weller said “I’ve always loved and driven MINIs so when I was given the opportunity to design a bespoke Mini Cooper I wanted to create something that reflected the mood and colours associated with the Mod era, which was also the classic Mini’s hey day. I’d already expressed these colours in a shirt I designed for Ben Sherman a few years ago, so it made sense to me to continue the theme using a MINI Cooper as a palate.

I’ve decided to donate the car to two charities: 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.”

I’m personally a fan of british mod aesthetic, but obviously this MINI won’t be to everyone’s taste. Regardless of what you might think of his color choices, it’s going for a great cause. MINI shows its versatility once again as a great platform for artistic expression. You can bid on the car right now at