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News David Brown Automotive Restored Mini Makes 4x More Power Than Original Mini

David Brown Automotive Restored Mini Makes 4x More Power Than Original Mini

Classic Mini transformed into Monster

  • Comes with engine from longtime modifier Oselli

  • Makes for a track-ready Mini experience

An original Mini with a seam-welded chassis, a load of track-ready upgrades, and a modified engine that has as much as four times the power of the original? That’s what David Brown Automotive is offering with the Mini Remastered Oselli Edition. Think of it as a Singer for the buyer who wants something a little more compact.

David Brown Automotive shares initials with the DB of Aston Martin, but there’s no affiliation. No matter, as this DB has been restoring Minis since 2017 in a 1,000-hour process that seals and hides all the seams, adds all of the style that original owners wish they had added, and then gives it a little bit more.

Oselli has been modifying Minis and MGs for racing since the 1960s, and they’re responsible for the showpiece of this car. A tuned version of the iconic BMC A-Series four-cylinder punched out from 1,275 cc to 1,450 and then fitted with competition-spec oily bits like a stronger crank, new pistons, and a new camshaft. The exhaust is a free-flow unit, the cylinder heads are hand polished and ported, and there is a pair of SU carbs.

The result? 125 hp and 113 lb-ft of torque, enough to give the DBA restored Mini (with a five-speed in place of the original four) a 0-100 km/h run of 7.8 seconds and a top speed of more than 160 km/h. Maybe not the most marquee-worthy figures, but astounding for a Mini.

Brakes are upgraded with AP Racing components including larger four-pot calipers in the front and aluminum drums in the rear. The 13-inch wheels are bespoke and fitted with sticky rubber, and a limited-slip differential makes sure the Bilstein suspension has something to do.

The company is making just 60, and yes, you can get one in left-hand drive. Oselli edition cars come in off-white or dark grey, with blue, red, or green stripes and a rocker cover that matches the stripes. The interior is leather with a modern satnav system and you can even get an auxiliary fuel tank for more time behind the wheel. They’re already in production, and the remastered Mini won’t leave you much from £100k ($170,000).


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