Art cars have become an integral part of the auto industry, and it doesn’t surprise us to find out that more and more models have been treated to some sort of artistic interpretation by artists from all over the world.
Recently, we found out that the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany was holding a special exhibition on a new collection of decorative hoods for the Porsche 911 GT2. The exhibit is called Colección Goméz after Argentinian curator Jorge Goméz, a man whose love for art is only matched by his love for Porsches.
To pay homage to his two passions, Porsche decided to enlist the services of 19 Latin American artists to create 24 dynamic hoods for the 911 GT2, each coming with their own unique designs. Every form of artwork - be it the simple variety or the meticulously designed - offered a different perspective on the artistic style of each of the artists that were involved in the project. Look at those hoods a little closer and you’ll notice that there’s a couple of nude artworks in there, as well as...Astroboy.
Not sure what he has to do with a Porsche, but nonetheless, you can’t deny the peculiarity of seeing a 911 GT2 with Astroboy on its hood.
In any case, the Colección Goméz will run until January 8, 2012 and is available for public consumption from Tuesdays through Sundays between 9 am to 6 pm. If you happen to be in Stuttgart from here until the new year, it’s definitely something that’s worth your time.
Playboy Magazine may not be the foremost authority when it comes to discussing classic vehicles, but one thing we know for sure: these people understand the business of classics more than anyone gives them credit for.
The adult magazine that became famous not for their features on stripped-down cars but for, well, you get the picture, has recently unveiled a list of their favorite classic rides, all of which have earned resident status in the magazine’s fantasy Vintage Thunder car garage.
Of the list, Playboy divided their choices to three American models and three European models - representing one and all, so they say - with most models being priced in the same range with the exception of one particular German bad boy - the BMW 507 Roadster.
That hot piece of classic German engineering costs almost three-quarters-of-a-million dollars, which means that the only way we can get our hands on one - or a sketch of it, at least - is if we buy the April issue of Playboy magazine.
At the very least, we’ll be getting our money’s worth on that purchase.
Details of all six Vintage Thunder classics after the jump.
A few months ago, we got a good look at fashion designer Ralph Lauren’s extraordinary garage/museum and all of the tear-jerking classics housed under its roof. Like most avid collectors that have the money to spend for these classics, Ralph Lauren’s line-up of cars includes some of the worlds most luscious and most expensive pieces of metal the automotive world has ever seen.
For the rest of us, the closest we can get to seeing these cars up close is if a collector was kind enough to have his prized pieces shown at an exhibit so we regular Joe’s can salivate over them. This is where Ralph Lauren comes in.
The world famous fashion designer is lending some of his most prized vehicles to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris for a special exhibit called “The Art of the Automobile: Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection”. The exhibit, which will run for three months beginning on April 28th to August 28th, 2011, will feature some of the world’s rarest and most valuable vehicles, including a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Scaglietti, a 1931 Alfa Romeo Monza 8C 2300, a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, and a 1938 Bugatti 57 SC Atlantic Coupe.
Just to give you an idea on how amazing Mr. Polo’s car collection is, those last two cars we mentioned above – the 250 GTO and the 57 SC Atlantic – are both worth an estimated $30-40 million. Each.
Check out a brief description of each of these classics after the jump
The original Dodge Charger had been somewhat of a failure for Chrysler. It sold in large numbers to the public, but remained without a win in racing. The year 1969 was the time Chrysler and Dodge decided to pull out all the stops and turn the Challenger into a formidable racing machine. What emerged was the Dayton model that looked like a mix between an airplane and the original Charger.
This #6 car for sale through Canepa Design holds a special place in the racing record books, being the first car to break the 200mph mark. The car led that race for over 100 laps until another car put it into a spin knocking it out of the race. These 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona models are very rare and sought after by collectors. Even fewer were built with the Hemi engine such as this car and none have the same race history. If you would like to own a piece of history than expect to pay over six figures when this car hits the block.
Hit the jump for more details on the Dodge Charger Daytona.
As Mercedes-Benz celebrates its 125th anniversary, the automotive world as a whole should take the time to step back and look at its roots. With the technological wonders that roll out of a Mercedes factory day to day it would be hard for any of us to fully understand a time when a short trip into town would be a true journey. A horse and buggy, as well as the Railroad reigned supreme before the turn of the century and Karl Benz was about to change everything. The brilliance of an aspiring inventor and the realization of a dream led to the creation of the first automobile.
The mating of the internal combustion engine to a chassis built from the ground up was the basic formula for creating an automobile. New creations beyond the engine itself and obstacles that were not able to be overcome in the initial product - both came together to become the Benz Patent-Motorwagen.
Mercedes corporate has been celebrating in style, “Exactly 125 years to the day after Carl Benz registered his “vehicle with gas-engine drive” in 1886, Daimler AG has celebrated the anniversary of the automobile. Approximately 1,400 invited guests were hosted by the inventor of the automobile at the Mercedes-Benz World in Stuttgart, with guests of honor including the German Federal Chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel.”
Hit the jump for more details on the 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen.
After making its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the 918 Spyder Concept is on its way to the Museum of Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG at Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen where it will be displayed starting October 1 through 7, 2010.
The 918 Spyder is powered by a V8 engine delivering more than 500 hp and three electric motors with overall output of 218hp. The engine emits just 70 grams CO2 per kilometer and has a fuel consumption of just 3.0 liters/100 kilometers (94 mpg imp). Despite this the car’s performances are impressive: the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just under 3.2 seconds, top speed of 198 mph, and a lap time on the Nordschleife of Nürburgring in less than 7:30 minutes, faster than even the Porsche Carrera GT.
Ever wonder where all that money you pay for gas goes? Well, $5,000,000,000 of it has been accounted for and, no, it hasn’t gone to making the world a better place. It’s gone to one man’s collection of 7,000 high performance cars. That’s not a typo, that’s nine zeros. Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei is the proud collector of what is undeniably the world’s most unique and gargantuan car collection. Where do you keep 7000 of the world’s rarest cars? Well, he doesn’t have a 7000 door garage, instead he stores most of them in five ultra-secret aircraft hangars, featuring a team of specialists from different car manufacturers to keep the cars happy. By now you’re probably wondering what is in his lavish collection and, well, the statistics are quite staggering. According to the Daily Mirror, as of June 30th 2010, The wealthy sultan is a proud owner of 604 Rolls Royces, 574 Mercedes-Benzes, 452 Ferraris, 382 Bentleys, 209 BMWs, 179 Jaguars, 134 Koenigseggs, 21 Lamborghinis, 11 Aston Martins, and 1 SSC.
Hit the jump for more some more staggering information on this one man’s car collection.
If you were to put up a museum to house the world’s largest collection of James Bond vehicles, chances are you’d put it up somewhere in England where the fictitious secret agent lived. If not London, there are plenty of metropolitan areas around the world that would step up to the plate. You know, cities like Paris, New York, Munich, Monte Carlo, or even Moscow.
But instead of those cities, the Museum of Bond Vehicles + Espionage will be built in Momence, Illinois. Excuse us if this caught us off guard a little bit, but apparently, that small town in the heart of rural Illinois where only about 3,000 folks live will also be called the home of James Bond’s most prestigious custom vehicles.
Even if the site was given full blessing by the Ian Fleming Foundation, which if you didn’t know any better, you would have thought that these people would have thought of a more appropriate place to put such a fine collection of entertainment memorabilia. Of course, as it turns out, the location may not be all that absurd considering that the man who owns most of these vehicles, Doug Redenius, is not only the vice-president of the Ian Fleming Foundation, but also calls Momence, Illinois home.
Now that we’ve justified the location – somewhat, at least – let’s dive into what to expect from the museum. From what we’ve gathered, the site will rise from an old car dealership and the Bond-stamped vehicles scheduled to be displayed include the famous Lotus Espirit submarine from The Spy Who Loved Me, as well as the now famous Aston Martin Volante that stole the show in The Living Daylights. More cars are scheduled to be displayed and we’ll keep you posted as soon as more information becomes available.
Ten years in the making and many disputes with developers and state and local governments later, the LeMay Museum has finally broken ground as of last week. Fitted with a budget of about $100 million and a timeline of 18 months until completion, the LeMay Museum will bring to light the astounding collection of Harold E. LeMay, founder of a waste management business in the state of Washington.
Harold E. LeMay was able to collect about 3,000 cars during his lifetime which is deemed the largest collection of its kind by the Guiness Book of World Records. In 1998, LeMay founded the LeMay Museum with the intentions of displaying his marvelous collection for all to see. Unfortunately, Harold LeMay was unable to see the completion, or even the start for that matter, of his museum before his death in 2000. Of course, as they say, behind a great man there is a wonderful woman and following his death, LeMay’s wife, Nancy, took on the project. With her many fundraising efforts, Nancy LeMay was able to allocate $15 million of her own along with $11 million from the state of Washington, and $1.6 million from AAA car club.
The design for the museum consists of a spiraling display ramp and lots of chrome and glass featuring 500 of LeMay’s classic automobiles sitting on nine acres. Retail shops, dining, and entertainment venues will also take up shop on this parcel of land. Developers project a total of about 425,000 visitors and $34 million in revenue per year.
We have an idea! Let’s take a Porsche and chop it down the middle just to see what it would look like! Sound crazy? That’s because it is! We will admit to not understanding certain elements of art, but we think the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany has gone way too far. They not only sliced one, but many Porsches as a sick and twisted demonstration of the inner workings of this beautiful beast.
Okay, let’s regain some sort of composure here. Give us a second.
Now, albeit insanely demonic, the “modified” Porsches do serve an educational inside look at the design stages of building a Porsche. This exhibit consists of various stations that start with the clay models of the Porsche and end with the full on models being sliced open to reveal their guts. This artistic display even shows details such as the first aid kit and the seats being cut in half. The murder on display alone would not be highly educational, but the videos positioned at each station help that aspect with narrations of each stage of development.
Putting aside the immoral destruction of the galloping stud, this display may be kind of cool. It’s not every day you get to see this type of vehicle in such a different perspective. Of course, this is why we had to post these pictures for all to see. Tell us what you think.