One Lap of the Web: Cool cufflinks in your Crown CoupeWed, 19 Feb 2014
-- Want to be the coolest person at your next event "celebrating lifestyle and automotive achievement that will embody the realization of automotive aspiration"? (Note: this was part of a real invitation we received.) You can do no better than buying these cufflinks made from a Cosworth-powered Jaguar F1 car. The bolts were "used to retain the crank within the engine block," says Ledon Gifts in their Etsy store. They sell for $36, and just 25 pair are available (titanium cufflinks are available, too, from a Honda F1 car). Even if the bolts really come from a Triumph Stag that has already laid waste to a dozen Whitworth sockets, they look cool as hell. Alternatively, if you're willing to believe in the myth, we have some bolt heads from Rick Mears' Indy-winning Penske PC-20 from 1991 to sell you. Ignore the fact that they're 10mm and come with a Mazda part number. $60 for the pair, please.
-- With the recent and irrational destruction of those 1980s Corvettes at the callused hands of Mother Nature, it's hard to remember that 1984 brought a Corvette like never before. (Four never before speakers!) This promotional video that GM released (part one of two videos on YouTube) when the C4 Corvette debuted should rekindle the magic that a well-sorted '80s fiberglass dreamboat once promised, and now provides at decently inexpensive prices.
-- Who owns Detroit's infamous Packard Plant? The mysterious Fernando Palazuelo has developed more than 100 old buildings in Lima, Peru, and his native Spain, where he turned a small fortune "converting abandoned buildings into art galleries and apartments." So that may bode well for the ongoing Detroit revitalization. But Palazuelo also has car-guy credentials, which surely must help with such a Motor City symbol: a sizeable vintage Ferrari collection, while his eldest sons were successful race-car drivers in Spain. His grandfather owned a Packard, he told the Detroit Free Press. He understands the importance of the Packard Plant enough to vow that he'll be living in it by the end of this year. As for the rest? How about a go-kart track, he said?
-- And from the sometimes schizophrenic, always entertaining Bring a Trailer, here's a goldenrod-hued Chrysler Imperial Crown Coupe with -- get this -- the achingly rare Mobile Director package, just one of 81 ever built. Yes, your personal lugg-jury coupe of nineteen sixty-seven had a swivel seat and fold-out "conference table" so your secretary could take a call from IBM's Thomas Watson Jr. or play chess with your mistress! (Easy now, Draper.) The Swiveling Sixties! "How did the secretary not puke her guts out from motion sickness?" asks a BaT reader. For a current bid of $12,100 and no reserve, you can afford to find out yourself.
By Blake Z. Rong