With vehicles like the G-Wagon and SLR McLaren, it’s obvious the German designers at Mercedes-Benz have a keen understanding of the American consumer. We’re suckers for a big, shiny 3-pointed star in the grill. The Sprinter Grand is another home-run. This executive transporter is outfitted like the interior of a Learjet, all leather, smoked glass with a ceiling tall enough to install a stripper pole. Perfect for the executive retreat in Vegas. Offered exclusively through Mercedes-Benz Manhattan.
The Defender is one of the most enduring vehicles ever designed. In over 60 years, it has barely changed. But it’s changing now. Speculation is that Rover will introduce a redesigned model to the U.S. in 2013 with updated emissions and safety features. It will also feature independent suspension and power from one of LR’s proven diesel motors. Basically, you’ve got two years to sell the FJ.
Once digital 3-D was unleashed in Avatar, movies changed. Now, every other Hollywood production is 3-D. It’s cool the technology floated downstream this fast. Now, Sony offers a consumer handycam that films your home movies in HD 3-D. The camera’s brain uses two full HD sensors to work it’s magic and the picture is amazing.
In the mythology of Dodge muscle cars, discourse, debate & price tags often center around how rare the model is. Throughout the 60s, Dodge was the undisputed American master of limited-production runs and overpowered, small batch variants. This one may be the Holy Grail. It’s a one-off concept car: the very first Dodge Charger with a 600 horse motor. If you don’t know, act like you know. The auction price will break a million, guaranteed. Auction takes place at the Automobiles of Arizona event held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, on January 20, 2010.
Someday we’ll all be flying a sport plane. This is where it starts. The innovative design of the Icon A5 brings the dream of piloting your own plane one step closer. The folding wing design is lightweight, making it fully portable & easy to store. Flying it is even easier. This thing is practically a flying Jet-Ski. Okay … that’s oversimplifying, but you get the idea, right?
Take the concept of the Swiss Army knife: a multitude of tools all packed into one handy, compact unit. Same principle here. Instead of tweezers, the Swiss RoomBox is a like a hotel room that fits in the trunk of your car. Depending on how you flip and unfold it, you’ve got a kitchen, bed, shower or dinner table all in one ridiculously small, modular package.
Car dudes, don’t worry. This is not the actual nose of a Shelby Cobra 427. The two-man design team at Poland’s LA Design Studio know better. The body panels they use for their 427 Collection of custom, Cobra-inspired furnishings are actually reproductions made to exact specs from raw aluminum. Complete with factory-correct headlights, chrome accents and hardware, they’re built to inspire, not infuriate. We repeat, no Cobras are harmed in the making of this furniture.
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.
If you run out of impressive things to talk about, you can say it’s a souvenir from the plane crash you survived. It does look pretty real. With the polished aluminum patchwork, exposed screwheads and a fat 78” width, it’s nearly true to scale. This time, your tall tale might actually fly.
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.