Category Archives: Design

Behold: the 1967 BMW-Glas 3000 V8 Fastback Coupe – a car born of the purchase by BMW of fellow German auto maker Hans Glas GmbH (maker of the adorable Goggomobil microcar).

At the time, Glas had just introduced the 2600 V8 coupe and that car would inspire this prototype, designed by Pietro Frua. Debuted at the 1967 Frankfurt Auto Show, it never made it into series production, passing instead to a private owner.

Extensively restored, ready to drive and one of a kind, it comes up for auction this month. Yours for €250,000 to €350,000. 

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A very impressive remote control scale replica of a 1962 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Fiesta station wagon complete with built in chassis squeaks and engine noises, lights and an Arduino controlled active suspension that can raise and lower the car, allowing it to react to weight shifts and drift impressively.

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Behold: the Lafitte X-Road – a street legal luxury off-roader formerly made by the now defunct Emirates-based Zarooq Motors, now resurrected by its former Operations Director Bruno Lafitte.

Only 30 of these 470bhp (or 720bhp in the twin turbo variant) V8 supercars will be made. Dakar-ready, with 43cm of suspended wheel travel at each corner or golf club carpark friendly with a plush leather carbon fibre and aluminium interior. There’s also a full electric version.

Yours from €420,000.

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An ongoing project by NYC based artist and designer Mike Joyce – born of his love of New Wave music and Swiss Modernism.

To wit: vintage punk, hardcore, new wave, and indie rock show flyers (for actual shows that happened) redesigned as International Typographic Style posters. 

More here.

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Behold: the 1991 Vector W8 – one of two prototypes and 17 customer cars built by VAC – a Californian auto maker that lasted just four years before folding. Created by veteran auto designer Gerald Wiegert using elements from the aircraft industry including an aerodynamic riveted frame and fighter jet instruments. 

Powered by a  625bhp, 6.0l twin turbo V8, the Vector accelerates to 100km/h in less than three seconds and on to a (theoretical) top speed of 390km/h.

Fully documented with just under 2,500km on the clock, it’s yours for around €400,000.

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