Few brands can lay claim to a true classic legacy. As American as mom’s apple pie, Eddie Bauer and Airstream are exceptional brands that have stood the test of time with simple style. The two have now combined forces to create a special edition 25’ Airstream camper outfitted for sporty, rugged adventures from sea to shining sea.
You like bikes. Cafés, chops, street trackers, customs … they’re all good. Bike EXIF is the place you’ll find your daily dose of cycle culture and 2-wheeled perversion. They’ve made a great calendar of the year’s best bikes. Sorry, there are no bikini-clad vixens, but there are also no OC Choppers. It’s a fair trade if you ask us. Just this once.
Double-take! No, it’s not a restored and modded ’66 Toyota Land Cruiser. It might actually be better than the classic safari wagon it’s modeled after. The FJ44 is a new, handmade custom utility machine built by Van Nuys, California’s ICON. Designer/builder Jonathan Ward produces this and other models marrying classic ’Yota styling with new alloy bodies, new engines and a sick array of custom parts. Like a steering wheel from a Caterpillar earth mover, Mercedes softtops, and interior bits from Lear jets.
Aside from those little jellybean/roller skate cars they have over there, the European car market offers much cooler choices than we have here. This burly Volkswagen Transporter is a good example. The new Rockton “expedition” package is a factory-custom kit that loads VW’s trusty cargo van with tons of off-road utility features. It’s got a lift, a beefy 2-liter TDI motor, all-wheel drive, heavy-duty suspension, and skid plates. We’re thinking gray market import right now, are you?
Services like OnStar and LoJack are just jacking you for cash. The Autobot offers you and your car the same services & more, for much less. The Autobot unit plugs into your car’s diagnostics port syncing with your mobile phone through your Autobot web profile. Easy as that and you’ve got security & accident alert systems, mapping & location services, plus maintenance alerts. What you don’t have is a monthly fee. Coming Spring 2011.
Hey … your mouth is open. It’s okay. You’ve never seen a 1949 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta. Few people have. This gem, however, is about to go up for auction. Being one of the rarest & finest examples of early Ferrari, this model is number 10 of only 25 “Barchetta” coachworks designs from 1940s Milan. It was originally built for the Paris Motor Show, but went on to be an international racer. It has since had a complete nut & bolt restoration, so starting bids will be six digits for sure.
It’s a huge claim, but nonetheless, they’re making it. The Confederate C3 X132 Hellcat is touted as the toughest motorcycle ever made and guess what? It’s American. These handmade, custom bikes are not the by-product of crafty welding & a crate motor. The technology in the Hellcat is a revolution in power-train design. They are only making 150 of these monsters, so get in line.
This is not the Space Shuttle you partied in for 30-hours straight at Burning Man a few years back. This is an actual NASA-issued, full-size Space Shuttle Orbiter. For 2.2 million you can buy one. But heads up, it won’t fly. And that’s actually a good thing, because when you re-entered the atmosphere at Burning Man, you said you were never going to outer space again. You swore.
British custom carmaker, Morgan Motor Company, just announced they’re re-releasing their classic three-wheeler coupe. This oddly cool-looking two-seater isn’t just some car club conversation piece though – it really moves. Powered by an 1800-cc Harley-Davidson V-twin motor and a Mazda gearbox, this lightweight little rocket will hit speeds over 115 mph. It features leather interior, all aluminum body & premium features. It gets better gas mileage than your car … and because it’s only a 3-wheeler, it’s considered a motorcycle by the DMV.