Rocker designs Mini for charity auction

2010-11-18 09:44

Veteran British rocker Paul Weller has collaborated with Mini to create a unique car that will be sold in a live global online auction. All proceeds will go to charity.

Following his headline performance at Mini’s 50th Birthday extravaganza at Silverstone last year, Weller designed the Mini Cooper’s trim. It was built in Oxford and hand-painted by craftsmen.

The car will be auctioned for one month to raise money for charities Nordoff Robbins and War Child. The bidding started online on November 11.

Weller’s inspiration for the design – which features bold pink and brown stripes across the car’s 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.

Weller said: “I’ve always loved and driven Mini cars so when I was given the opportunity to design a 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 heyday.

“I’ve decided to donate the car to two charities. War Child is an amazing organisation that 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.”

The bidding is live at and will run for a month.

The 2009 Mini Cooper has black leather upholstery, Bluetooth and front heated seats.

All proceeds of the auction will be divided between the two charities.

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