09 May 2008

Wine Club’

Italian coachbuilder gives Mini Clubman an integrated wine cellar. Why?

Aznom 'Chateau' Clubman S

If we've got one gripe with the Mini Clubman - apart from the one-side-only suicide doors and general oddness of the thing - it's that the mini-estate doesn't have an integrated shockproof wine cellar.

But here to solve all our wine worries comes the Aznom 'Chateau' Clubman S, a modified Mini from Italy's most, erm, innovative coachbuilder.

Yes, it has a wine cellar - for six bottles of your finest Châteauneuf-du-Pape or Asti Spumante - within its gaucho-leather-and-Alcantara interior, a combination only matched in gaudiness by the iridescent brown and gold paint on the outside.

Oh, and the wood. Refusing to learn from the Woodywagon 500, Aznom has bedecked the Clubman in lustrous, fine-grained wood-of-some-kind.

Luckily, the Chateau Clubman will be limited to a mere 12 examples. Renowned oenophiles J. May and O. Clarke are believed to be interested.

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