Is this the most famous car of all time? Ask your dad. James Bond’s legendary Aston Martin DB 5, originally seen ripping along mountain roads in the Swiss Alps in the 1964 classic, Goldfinger, is up for auction. This marvel of British auto craftsmanship and Hollywood lore is sure to catch a pretty penny; especially since it comes equipped with smokescreen, machine guns & all the other 007 gadgets that made it famous. Auction date October 27, 2010
“Who you gonna call?” Yeah, Ghostbusters. This 1984 comedy was an instant classic, reaching deep into popular culture with its soundtrack, memorabilia and quotable stupidity from Akroyd & Bill Murray. Now their car, the Ecto 1 is up for auction. The totally custom, ghost-catching 1959 Cadillac ambulance will be worth every penny of its going price considering Hollywood, bereft of ideas, is probably planning another sequel right now.
One look at this mysterious whip and your lead foot just starts twitching. The Firebreather is a 2011 Camaro re-tooled & restyled by American muscle car custom house, Classic Design Concepts. Originally the ‘breather was made for the forthcoming movie, Jinn. Now, CDC is making 50 of these supercharged, 600 horsepower monsters available to the public. Good luck getting on that list.
It has a classic look - hints of Cobra, a little Porsche, even a dash of a 60s Ferrari – but make no mistake, the ICONIC AC Roadster is a design recipe truly its own. Every piece of the car is custom-made by ICONIC, right down to the last nut & bolt. It also goes 210 MPH – making for nice conversation with the police if pulled over.
With Mercedes-Benz’s G-Wagon LAPV 6.X, you could do a road-trip in Mogadishu, Kabul or the Gaza Strip and really not have much to worry about. Okay, that’s not funny. We take it back. But really, where else would anyone need Armored-plating, undercarriage mine-detectors & a payload capacity of 1.3 tons? Only in the warzone, people. Make no mistake. This is no civilian custom – it’s a for-real combat vehicle & the MB badge means it’s guaranteed to do damage to defense budgets all over the world.
Southern California was the birthplace of custom car culture & remains a hotbed to this day. It should come as no surprise, the new retro Rossi Sixty-Six C6 Corvette custom was designed (and will be built) in Irvine, CA. Design cues scream 60s ’Vette, with classic split window rear glass and round pair tail-lights. But inside & under the hood, this beast is totally modern. Adding 20 ponies rounds up the power to 450 HP and the re-done, generously appointed cockpit make this conversion complete.
After nearly two years of sniper photos showing blacked-out cars on the test track, Mercedes has finally released the 2011 SLS. Inspired by the ’50s 300SL Gullwing, this modern machine really only shares the Gullwing doors and Benz badge with its predecessor. Everything else about this performance super-car is brand new. Wide, low and long, with a 6.2 liter V8 producing over 560 horses, it should technically be classified as a missile.
Heynsdyk throws a custom-body over the guts of a Porsche 944, lightens the load & gives you the choice of 6 engines. Arresting design with power to boot… this one hits 60 in 6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 155mph. You don’t buy a car like this for racing. It’s more for artistic expression…or should I say, female impression?
The economy’s in shambles. Big business is tightening the belt. Perks & luxuries are a thing of the past. Nice headlines, eh? Don’t be fooled. Corporate fat cats are still spending the kind of money that makes P-Diddy blush. What better way to “close the deal” than to send a potential client off on a private excursion in a jet with a deck? This isn’t the 50s – a hooker and a smile won’t bring in a 9-figure deal anymore.