It may seem borderline asinine to commemorate the sportiest Mini of the 1970s, the 1275 GT, with a special edition of the company’s cheapest and slowest model, but that’s exactly what MINI has done. The 1499 GT, as it’s called, is essentially a MINI One 3 Door hatch that’s been given a smattering of extras on top.

Available in either Pepper White or Midnight Black, the car is differentiated through a contrasting side stripes in black or gold respectively. Also fitted is the John Cooper Works Sport Pack that adds more aggressive front and rear bumpers, deeper side skirts, a split tailgate spoiler, black 17-inch Track Spoke alloy wheels, dark tinted windows and white indicator lenses instead of amber.

Inside, there are sports seats upholstered in leather and Dinamica microfibre, a JCW multifunction steering wheel with Chilli Red stitching, cruise control and a Visual Boost radio with MINI Connected smartphone connectivity. You’ll also find piano black trim, Carbon Black interior details and Anthracite headlining, along with JCW-branded door sill scuff plates.

Under the bonnet, the 1499 GT debuts a new 1.5 litre TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder petrol engine – essentially a detuned version of the Cooper’s mill, Autocar reports – mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The three-pot only makes a scant 102 hp, mind, so the zero-to-100 km/h sprint still takes a yawning 10.1 seconds. A sports suspension is fitted here, but otherwise the mechanicals are unchanged.

The MINI 1499 GT will only be offered for sale in the United Kingdom, limited to, you guessed it, 1,499 units – each priced from £16,990 (RM94,600). The order books are currently open, with a production run stretching from November until February.