As you know, Mini is British. This point is frequently driven home in virtually any and all Mini marketing and advertising materials — and, increasingly, it’s displayed on the Mini models themselves. I discovered this when I was at the New York Auto Show last month and spent a few minutes perusing Mini models, where I discovered no fewer than five British flags hidden throughout the car. Surely I missed some — and surely more are available (British flag roof design, anyone?). Here are the ones I found.
British Flag Dashboard
Here’s a dashboard-mounted British flag with little lines to the right of the flag. I’m not entirely sure why, but it gives the dashboard sort of a British flair … and sort of a 1990s clip art flair.
British Flag Seat Button
Here’s a little button on the seat. I’m not entirely certain what its purpose is, though I’ve seen similar buttons with leather loops you can stick the seat belt through. Either way, in Mini world, a little seat button is another opportunity to add a British flag.
British Flag Seat Leather
This particular piece of seat leather trim says "MINI YOURS" on it, which is Mini’s customization program (similar to Porsche Exclusive) that allows you to do some especially exciting things with your Mini — like, apparently, put British flags on the leather. Or half a British flag, as it were.
British Flag Steering-wheel Trim
Empty space in the bottom of the steering wheel? Why not add a British flag! It’s not colorized, unfortunately, but it’s there, reminding you of just how British your Mini is — in case you can’t look over at the dashboard with the British flag and the odd lines.
British Flag Taillights
These aren’t just taillights — look closely and you’ll see this is half a Union Jack, further emphasizing the Mini’s British-ness. Of course, the taillight on the other side is the other half, completing the British flag on the back of the car. Find a Mini for sale
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.