Museums are often times housed inside massive buildings; a lot of us know that.
Apparently, Kia is looking to reinvent the way museums are developed and with the help of RIDES Magazine, the Korean automaker has turned one of its Soul crossovers into an actual museum. Really, there are plenty of signature items inside this Soul that’ll make you consider foregoing that trip to Cleveland.
It’s a veritable music museum on wheels, filled with memorabilia from a variety of industry icons. There’s a guitar signed by Slash, a G-Unit sneaker signed by 50 Cent, a Jimi Hendrix gold album, and a signed John Legend microphone. All these items are displayed in Plexiglass enclosures — hand-built, by the way — in the Soul’s trunk, rear windows, and rear hatch insert.
If that’s not enough to truly identify this Soul as a true one-of-a-kind, the collaborators used gold and platinum records as the overarching influence of the crossover, highlighted by a PPG waterborne platinum silver paint, gold exhaust tips and a set of 20-inch anodized gold HRE 935 wheels.
Even the interior wasn’t spared from getting its own detailing. A custom black suede and leather interior are the highlighted and complemented nicely by gold diamond stitching and painted trims.
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2014 Kia Memorabilia Soul
That’s a Jimi Hendrix gold album where the rear mirrors are supposed to be.
Those anodized gold wheels look stunning.
It’s hard to "keep calm and carry on" when you’re in the presence of the Kia Memorabilia Soul.
G-Unit sneakers signed by 50-Cent, a Slash-signed guitar, and a microphone with John Legend’s John Hancock.
Ever since it was introduced in the U.S. market back in 2010, the Kia Soul has been a popular sell, especially for those looking for an unconventional crossover that offers plenty of attitude and character.
The Soul is already offered an unmistakable design language, but for the new generation, it received design elements we saw on the Track’ster Concept that Kia unveiled in 2012.
The new Soul has grown in size, too, while also receiving a more aggressive appearance. Power comes in the form of two options: a base 1.6-liter, all-aluminum, four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 130 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque and a 2.0-liter NU engine with an output of 164 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and a peak torque 151 pound-feet of torque at a 4,000 rpm.
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Kia Memorabilia Soul
This one-of-a-kind Kia Soul encompasses the passion, raw talent and diversity of music as an industry and an art form. Creating a music museum on wheels, RIDES magazine curated music memorabilia spanning rock, hip-hop and EDM history. The collection includes a signed Slash guitar, a G-Unit sneaker signed by 50 Cent, a Jimi Hendrix gold album and a signed John Legend microphone, which are displayed in hand-built Plexiglas enclosures in the trunk, rear windows and rear hatch insert.
As a nod to industry icons, this Soul was influenced by platinum and gold records: The Soul’s exterior received PPG waterborne platinum silver, gold exhaust tips and anodized 20-inch gold HRE 935s. The interior received gold diamond stitching and painted trim that highlights the custom black suede and leather interior. Ark Performance springs and Nitto Invo tires make sure the Soul gives an award-winning performance at every appearance.