‘They don’t make them like they used to’.

It’s a phrase we hear often in 2017, especially in the automotive world, and when it comes to the Mini, it’s very true. The current third-generation Mini Hatch is worlds away from the 1969 original that continues to conjure much romantic sentiment amongst car purists.

The decision makers at Mini HQ are aware of these accusations more than anyone else so they’ve thrown together the new 1499 GT – a new limited edition model that serves as a nod to one of the best-known sporty classic Minis of all time: the 1275 GT.

Mini 1499 GT & 1275 GT

Available to order now from £16,990 on the road, the 1499 GT recalls the entertaining drive, distinctive styling and low running costs of the 1969 original, which was one of the most affordable performance cars of its day.

Mini 1275 GT


The 1275 GT badging reflected the increased engine capacity over the standard 998cc Mini and the 1499 GT adopts a similar approach again here.

With 100bhp to play with, the lively Twin Power Turbo three-cylinder engine can get up to 60mph in 10.1 seconds, making it perfect for drivers seeking an entertaining drive and unique runaround, so Mini says.

Mini 1499 GT

The 1499 GT is available in a choice of two colours: Midnight Black, which features distinctive gold 1499 GT side stripes, and Pepper White, which also boasts side stripes but in black.

Mini 1499 GT side

Other exterior features that set the car apart from any other Mini Hatch include black 17-inch track spoke alloy wheels, dark tinted windows and white indicator lenses; all part of the Mini John Cooper Works sport pack.

Mini 1499 GT rear

Also included in that pack are John Cooper Works front and rear bumpers, side skirts, a split level spoiler and John Cooper Works door entry plates.

Interior touches

Inside, there’s John Cooper Works sports seats in dinamica and leather with JCW badges, and a JCW steering wheel in perforated leather with chilli red stitching and multi-function controls.

Mini 1499 GT interior

Its list of equipment includes cruise control, air-con, sports suspension, a visual boost radio with Mini Connected smartphone compatibility, carbon black interior details and an anthracite headlining.

Mini 1499 GT seats

Why the 1499 name though? Well, that’s how many will be available to UK buyers between November 2017 and February 2018, so if you fancy one, you’d better be quick…

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5 Responses

  1. Darren Thomas

    I had many mini’s many years ago including a 1275 GT. The 1275 GT carried on from from where the cooper s finished. I agree with other comments about the inappropriate name. It has no reflection to the original. Call it an Allegro and give it a square steering wheel. Another small thing! The 1275 GT was a Clubman, BMW use the Clubman name in another of their farcical models which have no resemblance to the original. The front end was completely redesigned as you car see in the picture and had a new dash, steering wheel and a few other bits. The money BMW put R&D and then come up with these ugly overgrown over complicated cars baffles me. How difficult would it be to come up with a true contemporary front end that actually nods to the past, after all that’s what these retro cars are all about.

  2. Steve Hancock

    I think it looks nice, I even like the black wheels. I had an original mini 1275GT. I agree it should be called a Maxi, but the name is awful!

  3. Chris Bright

    The black wheels look horrible , and the car is too big to be called a Mini , should be called another old BMC name Maxi . It is the opposite of the original mini which was big on the inside small on the outside . This one is big on the outside small on the inside .

    • James

      I disagree with you, regarding the size of the new Minis.
      I have a 2009 John Cooper Works, with 22,000 miles on the Clock and I love it very much, I also own a Ferrari F430 Spider.
      What I don’t understand is why BMW have decided to bring out this special edition, supposedly the modern version of the 1275 GT, back in its day, the 1275 GT was a nippy little Car, this one, according to the performance figures is not.

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