Mini celebrates Golden jubilee with Coupe Concept

Published on August 27th, 2009

Not many car brands evoke such passion and memories as MINI does so effortlessly. By stretch or by hatch, we all have a memory related to a Mini or know of somebody that owns one or has had an eventful memory in one.

Believe it or not, yesterday was the 50th anniversary of arguably one of the most historic incidents in automotive history, the unveiling of the original Mini. With such an ostentatious occasion on hand news from the grapevines was that MINI were planning to lift the lid on a concept Mini that would either cast a coupe’s shadow or lean more towards a speedster with cropped windshield and the full works.

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The end result though resembled a love child of the two rumoured designs and appears to be everything it’s supposed to be.

From the ground up, everything resembles the R56 MINI that we have come to love. Even the doors and rear quarter panels retain the MINI hatch lines. However from the waist up onwards, everything takes a turn for the different. Gone is the upright windshield that has been tossed for a more swept back speedster look while a truncated roof keeps the two occupants dry.

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From the roof line’s, a retractable fabric unit looks to be a perfect replacement if MINI decide to turn this concept into reality. Furthermore, with the rear seats a thing of the past, a chassis brace could be slotted in to restore the structural rigidity of the convertible model.

The interior sings a similar tune to the exterior, a typical MINI layout but with a few divergent changes like the slim B-pillar that has been masked by a wide glass panel on the outside.

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As expected, the MINI Coupe Concept will be unveiled at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show with the production version of the Crossover for company.

text: Dinesh Appavu  pix: Mini

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