MINI toasts to the royal wedding with a 'one-off' Cooper S

By CARSIFU | 15 May 2018

LONDON: MINI is celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with a one-off designed Cooper S specifically to commemorate the special occasion.

The Cooper S is to be donated to one of the couple’s chosen charities and after the wedding day on May 19, the one-of-a-kind MINI will be handed over to The Children’s HIV Association (CHIVA) for public auction.

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“As an iconic British brand with almost 60 years of history in the UK, we are pleased to mark the royal wedding with this special charitable gift,” explains MINI Design head Oliver Heilmer.

“The MINI Design team has created a one-off MINI Hatch for the occasion. Its specially designed roof graphic combines with 3D-printed personalised interior and exterior details as well as special embroidery to make this a MINI like no other,” he added.

This one-off car is finished in Crystal White with Silver-blue accent strips and the black band that wraps around the car features a blue-tinted matt silver paint finish.

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There are also chromed MINI design features, such as the frame for the hexagonal radiator grille, while the door handles and surrounds for the headlights and rear lights are topped off with a blue-black tinted clear coat.

The rear lights are in Union Jack design and the dark-blue matt metallic wheel rims put the finishing touches to its external appearance.

A particular highlight of the exterior is the roof’s paint finish, which uses multiple colours.

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The roof graphic is applied meticulously by hand in several layers and brings together elements of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s national flags – the Union Jack and the Stars & Stripes.

The special MINI’s side scuttles around the side turn signal indicators have been 3D-printed and embellish the initials M and H with a heart and rings.

When the car is opened, they project an exclusive “Just Married” welcome onto the ground in front of the driver’s door and front-passenger door.

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Over the last few weeks, the MINI Yours Customised programme has given MINI customers in selected markets the option of turning their MINI into an absolute one-off with the help of 3D-printed side scuttles, door sill plates and individual light projection.

Inside, the Satellite Grey leather has been chosen for the cabin.

The blue-black tinted clear coat of the chrome exterior elements can also be found on selected chrome interior features.

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The first names of the bride and groom, plus the wedding date and good wishes to the newlyweds have been added to the large trim strip ahead of the front passenger seat.

Another special feature of the interior is an accent inspired by the roof graphic, which is integrated into the trim strips in the doors, behind the steering wheel and into the head restraints.

On the latter, there is an abstract take on the Union Jack on one side and a Stars & Stripes perforation and stitching on the other.
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