Following his performance at Mini's 50th Birthday extravaganza at Silverstone circuit in 2009, rock legend Paul Weller has collaborated with Mini to create a one-off car to be sold in a live global online auction, with all proceeds going to charity.
The unique Mini Cooper was designed by Paul Weller, built in Oxford and hand-painted by Mini craftsmen. The car will be auctioned for one month from 11 November to raise money for Nordoff Robins and War Child charities.
Weller's inspiration for the design, which features bold pink and brown stripes and is finished with a single silver line running up the hood and over the roof, comes from the colors of a Ben Sherman shirt he designed for the clothing brand some years ago.
Paul Weller said "I've always loved and driven Minis, so when I was given the opportunity to design a bespoke Cooper I wanted to create something that reflected the mood and colors associated with the Mod era, which was also the classic Mini's heyday. I'd already expressed these colors in a shirt I designed for Ben Sherman a few years ago, so it made sense to continue the theme using a Mini Cooper as a palate.
"I'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 uses music to transform the lives of kids and adults, fundraising to help and support these vulnerable people."
The bidding starts on 11th November at www.paulwellerminiauction.com and will run for one month. The car will be on display in Mini's flagship showroom on Park Lane, London for the duration of the auction.
The car is a 2009 Mini Cooper with 17'' Crown Spoke Alloys, black leather upholstery, bluetooth, front heated seats, and Chili Pack. All proceeds of the auction will be divided between the two charities.