Category Archives: Design

Behold: the Automobili Estrema Fulminea – an electric hypercar currently in development and due for release (in a limited run of 61 vehicles) in 2023.

The Fulminea’s pioneering hybrid battery setup combines ultra-capacitors and solid-state cells in four electric motors to generate 2,040bhp, 0-100km/h in 2 seconds and a terrifying 0-320km/h in 10 seconds.

Estrema claims the car will power up to 80% in 15 minutes and go for 520km between charges.

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Behold: the 1949 Willys Jeep Wagon Camper – a period conversion of the prototype three-speed, inline four powered workhorse with a Camp’otel collapsible tent, ladder, dual water tanks and storage unit mounted on the roof, complete with the original folding tables and cookware that likely came with the Camp’otel unit.

Restored at some point in its lifetime with metallic green paint and a green vinyl interior, the camper has a mere 58,000km on the clock and goes to auction this month in Gardenia California (if you’re passing) for between $40,000 and $50,000 (about €33,000 to €41,000).

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Behold: the 1956 Porsche 365 Speedster – an open-topped variant of the company’s first consumer car.

This vehicle – thoroughly restored to Concours d’Elegance condition in bright red over tan leather with a matching tan soft top – has a rebuilt 616/1 1955 flat-four engine bored out to 1,720cc.

With an impressive 25,750km on the clock, it’s yours from $176,000 (about €144,000) if you’re near Portland, Oregon any time today.

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Behold: Skyville – a meticulously crafted 90x40cm miniature village by Bulgarian artist Ognyan Stefanov, who creates these and other lavish architectural wonders in his spare time between stints as an aviation photographer.

Tiny homes, shops, farms and gardens designed to mimic real functionality with a water drainage system, pulleys, and walkways that climb from level to level: two years in the making, complete with luxuriously appointed interiors and a population of teeny-tiny villagers.

More on the project here.

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Behold: the Harley Davidson ‘Electra Glide Revival’ – a modern homage to the iconic 1965 Panhead Electra Glide, complete with ‘Birch White’ fairing and saddlebags, two-tone stitched single-seat, old-school tank badge, and whitewall tyres.

Beneath the retro styling lurks all-new ride technology including a massive 1,868cc Milwaukee-Eight engine, an RDRS safety system and a GTS infotainment unit.

Only 1,500 bikes will be made and – if you happen to live in the states – yours is available now from $29,199 (around €24,000).

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Behold: a rare 1940 index typewriter, the Toshiba BW-2112 – demonstrated here by New Orleans based Typewriter Collector – which uses horizontal cylinders with thousands of symbols to type in Japanese, Chinese and English.

In the mid 50s, when Toshiba switched to a Western style keyboard with Kana characters, the cylinder models were discontinued, making this a rare machine indeed. Of the device, which ordered characters in a manner similar to that found in a Japanese dictionary, Typewriter Collector sez:

They’re arranged phonetically by most common “on-yomi” (or kun-yomi in some cases) according to the kana syllabary (many homophones, of course)… Red characters help parse the readings. Last character to left of equal sign can be pronounced “kin” (exert) and the first character in next row “gin” (silver), then “ku” (suffer) in red followed by “kuu” (sky, empty), “kuma” (bear), “kun” (teachings, meaning [also the kun in kun-yomi]), “gun” (group), then “kei” (system) in red followed many, homophones of “kei”

Now for yiz.

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Behold: the Rolls-Royce x Hermès Phantom Oribe – commissioned by Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, handcrafted by Rolls-Royce and Hermès specialists at the brands’ West Sussex and Paris workshops and envisioned as a “land jet” to complement the entrepreneur’s private aircraft. 

The two-tone MZ Oribe Green and cream exterior references Maezawa’s collection of ancient Japanese ceramics (and the colour scheme of his private jet).

The  interior features hand-stitched Enea Green leather upholstery and ‘Toile H’ canvas by Hermès and a ‘gallery installation’ echoing the brand’s Pierre Péron horse motif  hand-painted on the open pore royal walnut dash.

The top end Phantom costs £446,000 (€513,720). This one probably cost a bit more.

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Behold: the Lancia Stratos HF Zero. Well, not quite.

This is Marcello Gandini’s 1970 wedge transformed  by designer Yasid Oozeear into a futuristic concept render. Lowered, refendered, widened and chin-split with a curvaceous body kit tricked out in matt black paint and carbon fibre.

Sure, it doesn’t exist, but it might yet.

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