Who doesn't like a cup holder?!
One of the issues with the classic mini is that it was designed a long time ago and having somewhere to stow your hot beverage whilst driving wasn't considered. All in seriousness, I've got a few reasons for fitting this centre console; somewhere to hold my phone, rear cup holder to house a bluetooth speaker (no stereo in the car), much cleaner looking install and if required, somewhere to hold that hot drink
Stealing parts from a BMW Mini
The centre console came from a R55/R56/R57 model Mini Cooper. Around 2008. It took surprisingly very little trimming to make it fit and the gear stick and handbrake locations lined up without any modifications.
I started by centering the console over the gear stick hole as pictured above. I made a few sharpie marks on the console and floor to line up once I started cutting.
Next, I marked the floor cross member location either side of the console and used a 1mm angle grinder cutting disc to cut up and remove about a 20mm section.
Once the initial 20mm or so was removed I was able to work out how much more material to remove by double-checking the front and rear clearance.
Next, I used a packer approx the size of the remaining material to remove to mark on the console as pictured above. The rear cup holder had a similar amount removed and was shaped to follow the contours of the exhaust tunnel.