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Bentley Flying Spur “Reindeer Eight” Commissioned For Special North Pole Customer

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Bentley’s Flying Spur “Reindeer Eight” edition is a commission a particular North Pole based customer would like to find under his own Christmas Tree.
The Bentley Flying Spur "Reindeer Eight" edition for a special customer. Credit: Bentley Motors
The Bentley Flying Spur “Reindeer Eight” edition for a special customer. Credit: Bentley Motors

The Bentley Communications team closed out the year with a special press release for the “commission” of a unique Flying Spur “Reindeer Eight” edition to be completed by the Bentley Mulliner team for a “world-famous celebrity.”

The special (and rather humorous) announcement reads as follows:

A world-famous customer has worked with Bentley’s bespoke and personal commissioning division, Mulliner, to upgrade his flying sleigh to something a little more luxurious and special: a unique, festive Flying Spur V8 called the ‘Reindeer Eight.’

Bentley Mulliner has a rich history and expertise of fine craftsmanship and visionary design. Its mission is to respond to the requirements of the most discerning Bentley customers through unforgettable bespoke cars. And with the customer’s own global and extensive list of expectant fans, this commission was one of its most important yet.

The "one-off" Bentley Flying Spur "Reindeer Eight" in "Cricket Bauble" paint. Credit: Bentley Motors
The “one-off” Bentley Flying Spur “Reindeer Eight” in “Cricket Bauble” paint. Credit: Bentley Motors

“What fun it is to ride in a 542 horsepower sleigh. Plus, there’s space in the back for all my subordinate Clauses. I’m looking forward to putting 41 million miles on the clock before the end of the year,” said the bearded customer.

The one-off ‘Reindeer Eight’ is finished to the exterior in deep red Cricket Bauble paint finish, a unique shade created for the customer based on Cricket Ball, which is available as one of the 62 shades offered by the Extended Range.

Leading the car from the front, a gold three-dimensional printed reindeer can be found in place of the Flying B mascot, and to the sides, the V8 badges have been replaced by a special ‘Reindeer Eight’ badge signifying the powertrain the customer is more familiar with. A spokesperson for the company would not comment on speculation that Rudolf has lodged a complaint with his union, Silent Unite.

Golden 3D printed reindeer in place of the Flying Mascot. Credit: Bentley Motors
Golden 3D printed reindeer in place of the Flying Mascot. Credit: Bentley Motors

Following the lead reindeer, the standard chrome bonnet strip has been re-trimmed in gold, and coordinating hand painted fine line details shimmer from the rear of the Bentley wing badges.

To emphasize the speed and performance required to cover the significant distance by the owner, a gold styling specification has been included, comprising of a carbon diffuser to the front and rear bumper, carbon side sills, and a boot lid spoiler – for maximum aerodynamic performance at cruising altitude. The Mulliner Driving Specification with 22” golden wheels and diamond finish, representing the snow peaks crossed, completes the exterior theme. Given the cold climate of the customer’s primary residence, All-Season tyres have been fitted.

The ‘Reindeer Eight’ continues to build on the latest Flying Spur model released with a more driver-centric experience via increased agility and a more characterful powertrain, whilst benefiting from increased range between fuel stops – vital to complete a lap of the world in one night.

Fitted with All-Season tyres to accommodate all seasons and terrains. Credit: Bentley Motors
Fitted with All-Season tyres to accommodate all seasons and terrains. Credit: Bentley Motors

The interior of the ‘Reindeer Eight’ showcases Bentley’s expertise in creating a modern cabin of unrivalled luxury and innovation, capable of comfortable seating for four or five. Extensive testing by members of the Mulliner team confirmed that this was also possible after uncontrolled mince pie consumption.

The customer has specified a monotone Cricket Bauble interior with gold personalised embroidery and hand cross-stitching, including his name stitched into the driver’s seat and that of his wife alongside.

Sweeping horizontal veneer flows across the dashboard and into the doors, emphasising the spacious width of the cabin. At Mulliner’s suggestion, the Grand Black veneer displays a North Pole winter night scene with inlays to fascias and door waist rails to depict the end of the night’s journey.

Dashboard features a "Naughty & Nice" list integrated into the navigation system. Credit: Bentley Motors
Dashboard features a “Naughty & Nice” list integrated into the navigation system. Credit: Bentley Motors

The seats of the ‘Reindeer Eight’ feature a twin-flute design and increased functionality, including heating, ventilation, multi-mode massage, adjustable bolsters and top tilt which should keep the customer alert yet relaxed over the extensive mileage that he will be covering. With the Mulliner Driving Specification chosen by the customer, the new three-dimensional leather combines with traditional stitching and embroidery work.

Festive gold hand cross-stitch highlights the attention to detail and skill of those working at the Bentley factory in Crewe. It takes 18 hours for an elf or craftsperson to complete the 11,100 hand sewn stitches throughout the cabin, and consumes 115m of special thread (equal to the height of Big Ben).

The industry-first Bentley Rotating Display features in the ‘Reindeer Eight’. When the engine start button is pressed, and after a welcome sound of sleigh bells jingling, ring ting tingling, the veneer section in the middle of the dashboard rotates to reveal a 12.3-inch touchscreen, displaying multiple menus. A Naughty and Nice list integrated in to the navigation system allows the customer to quickly know whether his fans have been bad or good – so be good, for goodness’ sake. The second side of the display reveals three elegant analogue dials showing outside temperature, a compass (vital for the customer to find home at the end of the long work night) and a chronometer.

Finally, the third side offers the seamless Grand Black veneer fascia, continuing around the cabin, representing the North Pole winter night scene.

Bentley has reported the client has already taken delivery of the unique Flying Spur “Reindeer Eight” edition (following strict COVID Santa-isation protocols) and was looking forward to an extraordinary 41 million mile journey.

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Carroll Shelby’s 1965 427 Cobra Sold for $5.94 Million at Auction

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Carroll Shelby’s own 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra has sold under the hammer for a massive $5.94 million at the Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, Florida
Carroll Shelby's 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster at auction. Credit: Mecum Auctions
Carroll Shelby’s 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster at auction. Credit: Mecum Auctions

It’s not every day you get to drive home a piece of automotive history, but that’s precisely what the new owner of Carroll Shelby’s own 427 Cobra Roadster would be doing as he sat in the same seat that the legendary automaker had occupied for over 40 years.

Sold for $5.94 million on the auction floor. Credit: Mecum Auctions
Sold for $5.94 million on the auction floor. Credit: Mecum Auctions

Listed by Mecum Auctions as one of their “Main Attractions,” Carroll Shelby’s personal 427 Cobra was sure to attract attention on the auction floor, and it didn’t fail to disappoint with the hammer eventually falling at US$5.94 million.

Dan Gurney and Carroll Shelby with his 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster. Credit: Mecum Auctions
Dan Gurney and Carroll Shelby with his 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster. Credit: Mecum Auctions

Owned by Carroll Shelby from its final construction in March 1966 until his passing in May 2012, Shelby’s personal 427 Cobra bore the serial number CSX3178 and was one of only five 427 Cobra’s to be originally finished in Charcoal Gray.

Carroll Shelby 1965 427 Cobra Roadster Front Side
Restored to its original 1965 specifications. Credit: Mecum Auctions

Initially purchased for $6,088 ($6273 including freight) in 1966, Mecum Auctions noted the vehicle arrived at Shelby’s LAX facility with a black interior and without an engine and transmission (standard procedure). On January 9, 1966, a work order was raised to “Build 427 Street Cobra CSX3178” before it was shipped to Carroll Shelby in Dallas on March 3, 1966.

Carroll Shelby 1965 427 Cobra Roadster Side View
Initally purchased for $6,088 in 1966. Credit: Mecum Auctions

A few years later, in 1972, Carroll Shelby’s friend and renowned Cobra specialist Mike McCluskey repainted Shelby’s 427 in Guardsman Blue and finished it with a gold nose). Shelby later had a more powerful aluminum-head 427 side-oiler engine with automatic transmission installed.

By 2002 Carroll Shelby was ready for another chance, and the 427 Cobra Roadster was given a fresh coat of paint in Red by the home crew at Shelby American in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Carroll Shelby 1965 427 Cobra Roadster Front View
The restoration by Legendary Motor Company took over 3000 hours. Credit: Mecum Auctions

Bought from Shelby’s estate in 2016, the Shelby 427 Cobra underwent a complete Concours restoration by Cobra restorers Legendary Motor Company and was returned to its 1965 Charcoal Gray color and its original 427 configuration with a 4-speed.

Carroll Shelby 1965 427 Cobra Roadster Rear View
Sold for $5.4 million at Mecum Auctions in Kissimmee, Florida. Credit: Mecum Auctions

The restorations took over 3,000 hours and were completed in 2019 under the watchful eye of Peter Klutt.

While this Shelby 427 Cobra is undoubtedly one of the most famous classic cars, it still didn’t beat the first-ever 427 Cobra’s sale price (chassis CSX2000), which sold for $13.75 million in 2016.

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Bentley Announces Andreas Mindt as New Director of Design

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Bentley has announced Audi’s former Head of Design Andreas Mindt will be joining the British based luxury automaker as the new Director of Design.
Bentley Andreas Mindt
Andreas Mindt during his time at Audi. Credit: Audi

British based Bentley has announced Audi’s former Head of Exterior Design Andreas Mindt will be taking on the role of Bentley’s new Director of Design as of March 2021.

Succeeding Stefan Sielaff, who is departing to pursue other opportunities outside the Volkswagen Audi Group, Mindt will be moving from Audi, where he was responsible for the exterior design and launch of models like the E-Tron and Audi’s Q8 SUV during his six-year tenure, to Bentley where his priority will be to evolve the brand’s electric future.

Bentley Motors has already clearly outlined their Bentley100 mission to achieve full electrification of all their vehicles by 2030, which they will be hoping to accomplish with Mindt leading a team of approximately 50 design experts at Bentley’s UK headquarters in Crewe.

“Bentley is a jewel within the Volkswagen Group,” shared Andreas Mindt. “Designing a car, and a future, is always a process based on the performance of many, not one, and so I look forward to working with my colleagues to help define the next phase for Bentley, into an electrified future.”

Bentley Director of Design Andreas Mindt
Andreas Mindt will become Bentley’s new Director of Design as of March 2021. Credit: Bentley Motors

Before his time with Audi, Mindt spent over 15 years as a crucial part of the design department at the Volkswagen Group headquarters in Wolfsburg, where he worked on leading projects for several Group brands and even had an early experience with Bentley back in 1999 designing the exterior of the iconic Bentley Hunaudières showcar.

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Ares Design Reveals New Porsche 911 964 Turbo Restomod

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Luxury coachbuilder ARES Design Modena has revealed their latest project – a one-off restomod based on the Porsche 911 964 Turbo.
Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES Restomod
The one-off Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES restomod. Credit: ARES Design Modena

Coming off the back of a big year that saw ARES Design Modena release their first-ever wholly designed supercars (the S1 Project and S1 Project Spyder), ARES has started 2021 strong with the reveal of a new one-off restomod project based on the Porsche 911 964 Turbo.

Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES Side View
A new modified ducktail spoiler and Fuchs-inspired wheels offer a retro feel. Credit: ARES Design Modena

Launched in 1991, the Porsche 964 Turbo took some time to fans over (thanks in part to the 930 that bore the Turbo badge before it) but eventually found a place in the hearts of enthusiasts largely thanks to the unmissable whale-tail spoiler.

Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES Front View
Based on the 1991 Porsche 911 964 Turbo. Credit: ARES Design Modena

For this one-off design project, ARES Design Modena has refined the exterior of the 911 964 Turbo by modifying the ducktail spoiler and added new Fuchs-inspired alloy wheels (made famous by the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 of the 1970s) for a retro feel. Meanwhile, under the hood, the Italian luxury coachbuilder has modified the 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer engine with a more powerful turbine and intercooler to produce an upgraded 425Hp.

Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES Rear View
Featuring a modified 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer engine. Credit ARES Design Modena

Inside, the cabin has been refitted with new leather and tartan houndstooth upholstery (inspired by historic Porsche race cars) along with new gauges and a PCCM infotainment system specially designed for classic Porsches.

As a one-off project, no price has been released for the Porsche 911 964 by ARES, but interested Porsche owners are welcome to contact ARES Design Modena for their own custom restomod quote.

Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES interior
Historic racing Porsche inspired Houndstooth interior. Credit: ARES Design Modena
Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES Fuch-inspired Wheel
Fuchs-inspired alloy wheels. Credit: ARES Design Modena

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