KISS and Mini create custom Countryman models for charity – Click above for high-res image gallery

Ready for your garage to rock and roll all night and party every day? Break out your checkbook. Mini has teamed up with legendary rock group KISS to create a quartet of customized Countryman crossovers for charity. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer have applied their trademark style to the exterior of four examples of the 2011 Mini Countryman.

The vehicles, which debuted at the New York Auto Show, each have their own auction listing on eBay Motors, and the proceeds from these auctions will be donated to UNICEF. The organization is working hard to raise money for children affected by the recent disasters in Japan.

These customized Countrymen Countrymans cars aren't wearing decals. Each vehicle was hand painted by a group of BMW employees who provided the artwork while off the clock. The four vehicles have been named after the members of KISS they mimic; Starchild, The Demon, Spaceman and Catman.

The full press release is located after the jump, and you can check out all four Mini Countryman custom cars in the gallery below.
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May 29 eBay Auction Proceeds to Benefit UNICEF to Help Children in Japan and Worldwide

LOS ANGELES – May 27, 2011... KISS, the most iconic band in the history of rock, isn't just taking the show on the road this summer. They're also taking it to eBay ( for a ten-day Father's Day Charity Auction, starting May 29 at 4 pm PST. Auction participants can bid on any of the four MINI Countryman vehicles, each autographed by the entire band and custom-painted with the iconic makeup for each band member. All of the proceeds will benefit UNICEF to help children in Japan and other emergency relief efforts worldwide.

"Helping others is a gift we can give ourselves, but here's a four wheel bonus!" said KISS co-founder Paul Stanley. "The KISS MINI's are the ultimate way to show your KISS Army colors while helping our friends in Japan who have been devastated by the recent earthquake and floods. We're asking everyone to open their wallets to help UNICEF raise money for children who are still coping with the effects of these disasters."

The custom-painted vehicles are the all-new 2011 MINI Countryman, and feature the iconic makeup and costume association of one KISS member including co-founder and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley (Starchild), co-founder and bassist Gene Simmons (The Demon), lead guitarist Tommy Thayer (Spaceman) and drummer Eric Singer (Catman).

All of the MINIs will also be autographed by all four members of KISS (

"The KISS MINIs are the perfect Father's Day gift for the man who has everything," said KISS co-founder Gene Simmons, "But this ain't your father's car. It's bigger, better and the very best for the man who has the rest. It's KISS, baby. The custom-painted MINI Countryman would be the ultimate collector's item for a KISS fan or curator of rock band memorabilia, and would be the perfect addition to a car collector's garage; plus the new owner will have the satisfaction of knowing they've supported a great cause."

"MINI has a long history of philanthropic activities as part of our MINI Motoring Hearts program, which is all about giving back to the community," said Jim McDowell, Vice President - MINI USA. "These efforts support that and we are happy to help UNICEF make a difference in these kids' lives."

The original artwork for all four vehicles was painted by a team of three BMW Group employees, mostly after normal business hours and on weekends. The designs were influenced by each band member's iconic makeup, as well as some attributes of their costumes. Each car was taken apart and components were painted individually to ensure proper coverage and a quality finish that will last.

"It's been a lot of hard work, but the team is thrilled to help contribute to this much-needed cause," said Dan Doot, BMW Group Paint and Body Team Leader. "We have a real passion for this type of work."

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