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Santa's Exotic and Luxurious Sleighs

Santa’s Exotic and Luxurious Sleighs

Moving in Style

Nobody really knows how often Santa upgrades his sleigh, but what if he wanted to shop for a new model altogether? Well, over the past five or six years, publications like Car Magazine have challenged automakers to design a new sleigh for Santa. Automakers like Bentley, Land Rover, and even Vauxhall have designed new sleighs for Santa in the past, so needless to say, Santa has had a lot to choose from.

I don’t recall seeing any designs last year, and have only seen one this year. But, when you consider the long list of available sleighs at his disposal, there are still at least a few on standby, just waiting to be plucked from some secret, magical garage that is undoubtedly located somewhere at the North Pole.

Since we haven’t seen too many fresh designs for the 2015, I decided to revisit a few of the sleighs created in the years past. Most of the sleighs are exotic, or out of this world – and one even looks like a fighter jet – but why wouldn’t Santa take advantage of all the latest technology? You may have seen one or two of the designs in the past, but it’s always fun to revisit things like this during the holidays. Which of the following sleighs do you think Santa is going to use this year?

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10 Years Ago: Bentley, Nissan, Ford, and Rolls-Royce Pimped Santa's Ride

10 Years Ago: Bentley, Nissan, Ford, and Rolls-Royce Pimped Santa’s Ride

Car Magazine has got the right idea for a little holiday spirit. It asked designers in the U.K. from Bentley, Nissan, Ford and Rolls-Royce to pimp Santa’s ride. Each designer took elements from the brands current car design philosophy but came up with some very different results: everything from a futuristic Nissan GT-R based rocket sled to a gothic classic from Rolls-Royce.

No matter if the engine is measured in horsepower or reindeerpower, speed is the theme in all of these designs. So we have no trouble liking all of them.

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Budget Direct Renders Six Unique Manufacturer Collaborations

Budget Direct Renders Six Unique Manufacturer Collaborations

There are some great results, and some "close your eyes!" results

One of the great things about car renderings is the ability to let your imagination go crazy. You can use an existing car model and re-imagine it without a roof, or you can get really creative and redesign it in a different body type altogether. There’s something to be said, then, for renderings that take two models from two different automakers and combine them to create an entirely new model. It’s the kind of Transformers-like job that we should be seeing more often in the real world. Or should we? The truth is, BudgetsDirect undertook this very exercise, and the results are all “interesting,” to say the least. As an added bonus, we’re doing our own part and renaming these creations in the best way we can.

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Easter Special: Easter Eggs of the Car World

Easter Special: Easter Eggs of the Car World

Have you found where these cars are hiding?

In a world that has more supercars and sports cars than you can keep track of, it’s pretty easy for those that don’t go mainstream to get lost. It’s sad when you think about it. Over the years, there have been some interesting concept and production cars that never got the attention they deserved. Take the Tushek Renovatio T500, for instance. Have you ever heard of it? I’m guessing you probably haven’t, but it was a remarkably beautiful car with distinct styling that should have made it a favorite among collectors.

These days, we’re blessed with every supercar manufacturer dropping a new model on a regular basis. In fact, we’re spoiled, when you think about it. And like any group of spoiled children, as soon as we get what we want, we immediately start asking for more. It’s not that the supercars we all know and love, like the Koenigsegg One:1, Bugatti Chiron, or the Pagani Huayra BC aren’t special, because they certainly are. They’re just well known, and even if you haven’t seen one in person, you’ve seen one on TV or Youtube.

So, in light of Easter this year, we’ve decided to look back at a few cars that are very much “Easter eggs” of the automotive world, and that’s if you can even find them at all. I’m talking about cars like the aforementioned Tushek Renovatio T500, or the Tramontana XTR. Some of these car’s never made it into production, while others were produced and fizzled away into automotive history. Either way, let’s take a look at a few of my favorites.

Continue reading to discover a few automotive Easter eggs.

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Video: Bentley Continental GT gets unceremonious mud bath

Video: Bentley Continental GT gets unceremonious mud bath

We’ve seen a lot of high-priced luxury cars being treated to things that are by no means luxurious, but this one absolutely takes the cake. It’s definitely a sight for some pretty bad sore eyes.

That, dear friends, is a Bentley Continental GT, not a tractor trailer. And worst of all, it costs a quarter-of-a-million in this part of the world. We don’t know what the owner of the car was thinking - we heard he’s Russian - when he decided to ride his expensive exotic into a obscenely muddy road, but as is the case with those rich boys from Russia who don’t seem to mind getting their cars dirty, or in this case, filthy, this one had no problem doing so.

The problem came when he couldn’t get the car out of the muddy trap he led it to, leading to this extremely difficult predicament. We don’t know if that shirt-less fellow acting like an idiot is the owner, but judging from what looks to be an intoxicated state, we wouldn’t be the lease bit surprised if that indeed is him.

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Pimped out Bentley Continental GTC Stephen Ireland style

Pimped out Bentley Continental GTC Stephen Ireland style

Time and time again the old adage that “you can’t buy taste” is all too evident in the world of high end customizing, and while the Beatles used to sing “Can’t buy me love” it appears that English Premier League soccer star Stephen Ireland is trying to dispel that with his girlfriend Jessica Lawlor’s 24th birthday present, an extensively modified Bentley Continental GTC. He got the idea after Jessica jokingly suggested that he get her something in the style of Pimp-My-Ride to match Stephen’s blue accented Audi R8. The 23 year old midfielder kept the entire ordeal a secret from almost everyone, especially Jessica who was simply stunned when she received her gift.

The modified 200 MPH drop top is full of special details that make this Bentley truly unique. Stephen had the flying B on the hood of the car replaced with a J and even the two tone deep dished rims have Jessica’s initials panted on them. On the inside Stephen went the extra step and had an oversized heart stitched into the red headrest with the message “To Jess Love From Stephen” monogrammed inside. Despite the extreme lack of a taste and absence of style, Jessica is absolutely delighted with her birthday gift, after all what 24 year old female wouldn’t.

Although the Bentley Continental GTC underwent £264,000 worth of modifications, the mighty 6.0 Liter W12 was left alone and still produces a maximum output of 552 HP and is capable of accelerating the all wheel drive grand touring car from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.8 seconds and keep on going all the way up to a top speed of 198 MPH.

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Pearl Motor Yachts offers free Bentley with every Pearl 60 purchase

Pearl Motor Yachts offers free Bentley with every Pearl 60 purchase

Now, here’s a promotion that will be hard to turn down.

Pearl Motor Yachts, a British yacht company, is enticing customers with a one-of-a-kind offer that is too good to be true – if you have money, that is.
The company is selling their Pearl 60 yachts with one pretty sick add-on: a free Bentley Continental GT Coupe.

You read that right. A Bentley Continental GT Coupe. Before we start questioning the sanity of these guys, let’s first consider the situation the entire industry is in. The current recession has caused the sale of luxury items to take a hit and as a result, these businesses have tried to find alternate means on how to sell their products to a market that is increasingly drying up. The folks over at Pearl motor Yachts decided that a free Bentley, which by itself, costs around $200,000, would be the way to go.

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Bentley Continental GT in pink

Bentley Continental GT in pink

Yes, that is Paris Hilton, and no, this is not the E! Channel. It seems Hilton wanted to but herself a Christmas gift, so she bought a $175,000 Bentley Continental GT and then added $25,000 worth of custom bits to it. This offense to good taste was assembled by West Coast Customs, who seem to still be catering to the more-money-than-brains crowd after losing the "Pimp My Ride" gig.

Someone needs to regulate the amount of pink paint that is available out there. We’ve seen other good cars gone soft, like a Pink Pagani Zondaand a Pink Bugatti Veyron. Then again, if someone this attention hungry wants to buy a sedate British coupe, this may be a good thing. Sort of like a big pink warning sign to others.

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Bentley speed, more usefull than you think

Bentley speed, more usefull than you think

This mime is putting his Bentley GT Speed to good use...


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Ebay find of the day: 2007 Bentley GT Flying Spur Replica

Ebay find of the day: 2007 Bentley GT Flying Spur Replica

2007 Bentley GT Flying Spur Replica Built on a 1995 BMW 740i. Very rare kit. BMW has around 118,000 miles on it.

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