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Friday
Apr042014

Barn Find and Restoration Auction at Silverstone

Given the frenzied bidding that often takes place for barn finds and unmolested classics in need of restoration, Silverstone Auctions will hold its first Restoration Show sale at Britain’s NEC on April 12th. It is part of the Practical Classics Restoration Show taking place at the Birmingham, England venue April 12-13. Viewing of the lots takes place Saturday morning, with the sale later that same day. Bidding can be done in-person, online, via commission bid or by telephone.

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Friday
Mar212014

Bespoke F-Type Luggage

If you are the maker of a gold-label sports car, not having enough trunk space to carry off-the-rack luggage isn’t the problem you might think. In fact, it can be a positive. Just ask BMW, which turned to Louis Vuitton for a bespoke set of bags for its i8, or Jaguar, who tapped French luggage label Moynat to design a special “trunk” specifically for the F-Type convertible.

Since its founding in 1849, Moynat has specialized in producing made-to-measure luggage and travel accessories; especially custom trunks that match the paint finishes and contours of various vehicles. In 1902, the company patented the Limousine trunk, which had a curved bottom designed to fit the roof of an automobile.

Though still a concept, the Moynat F-Type trunk is hand-molded from eight layers of wood. This is covered in slate grey vegetal-dyed leather, and lined in Moynat’s signature mandarin orange fabric. Inside the trunk sits an electric scooter for use in urban areas. Those with a more serious demeanor, however, can order bespoke F-Type luggage from the Jaguar Collection. This set, designed specifically for the F-Type convertible’s tiny trunk, includes two suitcases, a laptop bag, garment bag and wash bag. It includes neither a trunk nor an electric scooter. — CAS

 

Friday
Mar212014

Carbon Fiber Luggage for BMW i8

An expensive carbon fiber plug-in sports car deserves equally pricey carbon fiber luggage. Starting April 1st, buyers of BMW’s carbon fiber and aluminum i8 will be able to order the tailor-made luggage set from select Louis Vuitton stores (Munich, Milan, London, Paris, Moscow, Dubai, New York, Los Angeles).

The collection includes two travel bags, a business case and a garment bag, each sized and shaped for the i8. Each bag features a laser-etched Louis Vuitton signature, and the company’s signature checkered Damier pattern across the carbon fiber textile. The handles are made from dyed natural leather, and the microfiber linings are black and electric blue, the brand colors of the i8.

The Weekender GM i8 features both hand and shoulder carry straps, and is designed to go in the i8’s trunk, while the Garment Bag i8 fits atop the rear parcel shelf. The hard-shell Business Case i8 fits in the rear seat, with the Weekender PM i8 designed to sit on its surface. At least we now know what the rear seat really are for… carrying high-priced specialty luggage. — CAS

 

 

Friday
Mar212014

Nailing the New Mustang

 

OPI Products Inc., a subsidiary of COTY Inc., and Ford Motor Company are collaborating on a new line of limited-edition nail polish colors. Set to launch this July, the colors celebrate 50 years of Ford’s Mustang, and will feature Race Red as the collection’s hero shade. In two of the more inane quotes ever, Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI co-founder and executive vice president, said: “For women, cars and nail lacquer offer a way to express personality. This new collection will deliver elements of sophistication, luxury, power and style fitting for both OPI and Mustang consumers.” She was joined by Melanie Banker, Mustang marketing manager, who added: “There's no better way to express Mustang’s bold personality and the excitement it creates than through color.” — CAS

 

 

 

 


Friday
Mar212014

Custom-Mixed Touch Up Paints

Getting a scratch or ding in your car’s paint isn’t the end of the world. However, finding a touch up paint that actually matches certainly feels like it. Microfinish LLC’s AutomotiveTouchup division makes specialty automotive paint, aerosol paint cans (a.k.a. “rattle cans”), touchup bottles, paint pens and more at its facility in New Orleans. The paints are made on a per-order basis so that the paint is freshly formulated before being shipped to customers. AutomotiveTouchup offers an online tool to help customers determine the correct paint code for their vehicle, and backs its paint with a color-match guarantee

The company’s 12-ounce spray cans cost $19.95, and have a special spray tip that is pressure sensitive. It is said to mimic a professional spray gun pattern, and releases a finely atomized spray for less dripping and spattering. Or you can order the Can Gun 1 tool that pops onto the top of the can. This trigger sprayer alleviates the fatigue that can result from holding down a spray nozzle for long periods. Users can also find detailed instructions and videos on AutomotiveTouchup’s web site on a variety of painting-related topics. — CAS