The original Mini has been reborn as a beautiful vintage shell with high-tech toys

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The Mini Remastered: Like the old one, just newer (Source: David Brown Automotive)

It turns out Jaguar Land Rover isn't the only one cashing in on its most famous models: now another British classic has been given a high-tech once over.

David Brown Automotive, a low-volume British coachbuilder, has taken the original 1960s design of the Mini and brought it bang up to date with high-tech accessories including Apple Carplay, a keyless ignition and USB connectivity - yours, for £70,000.

The car, launched yesterday, combines the Mini's iconic 1960s looks with "Speedback GT design cues, unique coachbuilding construction, modern technology and luxury hand-finished materials".

The idea is that the car keeps its vintage good looks, but can be used as a city runaround, with built-in GPS, aluminium grilles and a full LED exterior rear light cluster.

Read more: Steel yourself: Jaguar has meticulously recreated the E-Type


(Source: David Brown Automotive/Facebook)

The cars are hand-built over the course of 1,000 hours at David Brown's Silverstone HQ, with bespoke sculpted seats and a hand-trimmed interior which is "swathed" in hides (sourced from the UK, naturally), as well as retro Smith dials, and, of course, a cup holder in the central console.

The company has also revved up the Mini's power by as much as 50 per cent, with a full-reconditioned 1275cc engine, a four-speed gearbox, and upgraded suspension and brakes.

“The car has been subtly transformed and updated to retain the original’s DNA, yet includes key design details from Speedback GT as you can see by the grille, taillights and interior styling, as well as providing modern comfort and luxury," said David Brown.

"It’s been important to remain true to Alec Issigonis’ wonderful original concept, yet bring it into the 21st Century in our own way."

This isn't the first iconic British car to be brought up to date. Last month Jaguar said it had added the E-Type to its Reborn range, meaning anyone with a spare £285,000 sloshing around can buy themselves a beautifully restored version of Britain's best-known sports car.

Meanwhile, in February Ineos boss Jim Ratcliffe confirmed plans to build a car inspired by the discontinued Land Rover Defender, saying there was a gap in the market for a "real, tough, uncompromising 4x4 machine".

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