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Mini Cooper by Paul Weller – Click above for high-res image gallery

Every year Mini teams up with some of the top fashion designers to create special one-off art cars. These are subsequently auctioned for the benefit of HIV/AIDS research and awareness. This one, however, is something different.

For this unique Mini, the BMW subsidiary brought British musician Paul Weller on board. Known as "The Modfather," Weller was part of such bands as The Jam and The Style Council before going solo. The special pink-striped Mini he designed is being auctioned online to benefit the War Child and Nordoff Robins charities. The auction has about a month left to go, with bidding currently sitting (reserve unmet) at £12,250 – just a tick shy of $20k.

Follow the jump for the full press release and check out the images in the gallery below. If you want a shot at making the Weller Mini yours, follow this link to get in on the action and place a bid.



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Unique Paul Weller designed MINI goes on sale in charity auction. Charity auction goes live 11 November 2010.

London/ Munich. Following his headline performance at MINI's 50th Birthday extravaganza at Silverstone in 2009, mod rock legend Paul Weller has collaborated with MINI to create a one off car which will be sold in a live global online auction with all proceeds going to charity. The unique MINI Cooper is the ultimate British icon, it 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 charities Nordoff Robins and War Child.

Weller's inspiration for the design - which features bold pink and brown stripes across the car's entire 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.

MINI UK's Director, Jochen Goller says "Both MINI and Paul Weller are synonymous with the quintessential British mod scene. That's why we were the ideal match to create this unique car."

Paul Weller said "I've always loved and driven MINIs so when I was given the opportunity to design a bespoke 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 hey day. I'd already expressed these colours in a shirt I designed for Ben Sherman a few years ago, so it made sense to me 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 really 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.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      it's a little too Barnaby Street for me, but if it's for a charitable cause and someone is willing to pay, then why worry about it?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's Carnaby Street luv, Carnaby Street.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can see he took all but 10 seconds to design that trash. I like art, I like cars. I don't like this one bit. I hope THEY pay someone at the auction.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear AutoBlog,
      This is not news. This is just someone who painted a car. Are we gonna make a article out of every moron who paints their car, or puts pink strips on it. I just painted my lawnmower, want me to take pictures of it and we can make a whole article about it, and waste everyone's time with my talentless ugly paint job.
      The funny part is that you say he designs unique mini??? he puts ugly pink strips on a car and he is a designer....
      Next article is what, bird designs new car by pooping on it!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Stripes? Art?
      Uh...ok. Looks like I need to start making some "art" asap so I can start reeling in the cash.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Always wanted a car painted like a Brach's candy wrapper. Better get out the ole change purse.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Acutally, it looks more like a Victoria's Secret Bag!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pink stripes? That's Entertainment? He must have designed that car after a night out in A Town Called Malice!

      I would not like to see that car Down in the Tube Station at Midnight!

      I would blast that car with the Eton Rifles!
      • 4 Years Ago
      'taint no BMW Art Car, that fo sure.

      As fas as someone Clown Car comment about the MINI... FU!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Candy box stripes? BFD.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I hope it doesn't have coconut or marzipan filling. I despise coconut and marzipan!

        Oh.

        It's a car?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ugh.
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