MINI will be featuring three of its most eccentric, classic vehicle models in this year’s Hamburg-Berlin Classic, a automotive tour taken through Germany that features a variety of special tasks along the route. At the conclusion, vehicles are awarded on merit for things like “most original car” and “best dressed vehicle”. As you’ll soon see, we think the MINI entrants will be a shoe-in for some hardware.
The MINI Wildgoose is sure to draw some attention based on name alone. This retro MINI can transport and sleep up to four people thanks to its pop-up rear living quarters. The Wildgoose features a sink, as well as a two-ring gas hob making it the perfect automobile for a cross-country journey. This vehicle of leisure reminds us of the MINI Camper concepts that debuted recently, and points to the brand’s long history of thinking outside the box. The large Wildgoose features an 850 cc four-cylinder engine good for 34 hp and a top speed of 72 mph.
The Riley Elf closely bares a striking resemblance to the classic MINI, with an extended rear boot and heightened radiator grille. Introduced in 1961 this burgundy model features modified rear wings to give it a sporting look. The rally-inspired Elf boasts a hydro-elastic suspension system and 38 hp.
Joining the Wildgoose and the Elf is the MINI Clubman Estate. Originally produced between 1969 and 1981, the estate looks very much like a retro version of the current-day MINI Clubman, thanks to its extended boot. Silver in color, the Estate features a 1.0 liter, four cylinder engine producing 39 hp.
We are always delighted to sneak a glimpse into the creative history of the MINI brand. Despite changes in ownership, the spirit of MINI - one of creativity and innovation - has been carried through each generation.
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