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.
Wellerâ€™s inspiration for the design – which features bold pink and brown stripes across the carâ€™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 UKâ€™s Director, Jochen Goller says â€œBoth MINI and Paul Weller are synonymous with the quintessential British mod scene. Thatâ€™s why we were the ideal match to create this unique car.â€
Paul Weller said â€œI’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 Miniâ€™s hey day. Iâ€™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.
Iâ€™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.â€
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 PaulWellerMINIauction.com.